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Suspect rendered aid to victim after Charlotte road rage shooting, cops say

Five ways to potentially get yourself safely out of a road rage incident

Driving incidents can quickly escalate into potentially dangerous situations for the drivers involved, as well as nearby motorists and bystanders. Here are five tips that may prevent the situation from escalating if you find yourself the victim of
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Driving incidents can quickly escalate into potentially dangerous situations for the drivers involved, as well as nearby motorists and bystanders. Here are five tips that may prevent the situation from escalating if you find yourself the victim of

A driver “rendered aid” to a victim after shooting him during a road rage confrontation in north Charlotte late Wednesday, police said. But the victim, 37-year-old Richard Clements, was found dead at the scene.

Clements and the shooter were involved in a wreck about 8:45 p.m., pulled into a parking lot at West Sugar Creek Road and North Tryon Street, and began arguing, according to a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department news release.

Clements left his car and was shot, police said. He was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the CMPD release.

“The suspect remained on scene and rendered aid to the victim,” according to the release.

The shooting was Charlotte’s 75th homicide of 2019, police told The Charlotte Observer.

Officers said they were interviewing witnesses late Wednesday and that they were looking for no other suspects.

Police had yet to release the suspect’s name and age or announce charges by late Thursday afternoon.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 704-432-8477 or Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

This is a developing story.

Road rage victims rarely catch video proof of their attack, but one Asheville biker got lucky last week, when a passing motorist with a camera drove up at just the right moment.

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Joe Marusak has been a reporter for The Charlotte Observer since 1989 covering the people, municipalities and major news events of the region, and was a news bureau editor for the paper. He currently reports on breaking news.
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