Detectives continue to investigate road rage/shooting case

Detectives are still investigating what led to a 55-year-old man being shot in the leg Wednesday night at a drug store parking lot near southwest Boise.

It appears the shooting was the result of a traffic dispute between people in two different pickup trucks.

Detectives continue to collect evidence and talk to witnesses about what happened. No charging decisions are expected today.

Witnesses say the incident began in traffic on Lake Hazel Road, near the Five Mile Road intersection, around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Traffic was backed up in the area at the time.

The 55-year-old man says he was driving west on Lake Hazel when he was cut off by the driver of the other truck and had to swerve out of the way.

Witnesses say the drivers began yelling at each other a short time later through open windows after they arrived at the Five Mile/Lake Hazel intersection.

That’s when both trucks pulled into the parking lot of the drug store.

The drivers continued to have a verbal dispute when the 55-year-old man got out of his truck and walked up to the open window of the other truck, where he continued arguing with the 48-year-old driver.

It appears that verbal argument continued for a while before a 23-year-old man, who was a passenger in the pickup, got out with a handgun and walked over to where the 55-year-old man was.

They had a verbal confrontation for a short time before the 23-year-old shot the 55-year-old man in the leg as that man moved towards him.

The 55-year-old man was transported to a local hospital for what appear to be non life-threatening injuries. He was still in the hospital Thursday.

Detectives say it could take several days or longer to sort out the evidence in the case and send the report to  Ada County prosecutors, who will ultimately make any charging decisions.

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