An alleged case of road rage sends a Marion County man to jail and a woman to the hospital. It involved three cars, a gun and children.
The incident started just before 8 p.m. Central Thursday night on Highway 28 South in Jasper, then continued onto Highway 41. Jasper Police say it started when a woman says a driver was riding her tail. She tapped her brakes and the driver sped up to pass her. That's when she says he pulled a gun and started firing at her. But it didn't end there, the woman's husband was in the next car back and ended up getting shot at, too.
"A guy passed me in a white van. He's on 41 right now. My husband is behind him. He just shot me," the woman told 911 dispatchers.
She was pleading for help from behind the wheel of her car.
"This man has shot me. Please, please, please send help," she said.
She said a man driving a white work van shot through her window three times and a bullet grazed her side. Police say she had a young daughter in the car who was unharmed. The woman's husband, driving the next car back, saw it happen and followed the van off the Jasper exit. The driver shot at him twice, but did not hit him or their other little girl.
"Somebody please help, please help because my baby girl is with him," she said.
They say the driver pulled the gun a third time, but didn't fire again. Jasper Police arrested 24-year-old Steven Anunziato at his home nearby. He's in the Marion County Jail charged with aggravated assault, attempted first degree murder and felony reckless endangerment.
No one answered the door at his home Friday. There were several white work vans in the driveway that matched the description of the one he was allegedly driving.
"A lot of time the people involved are not bad people, they just get mad and do stupid things," Marion County Sheriff Ronnie Burnett said.
Sheriff Burnett says most cases of road rage in Marion County are on the interstate, but it rarely goes this far.
"All I would suggest to the public is to stop and take a second. Don't do something, I call it, crazy that you're going to regret for the rest of your life," Sheriff Burnett said.
Jasper Police Chief Tim Graham says Steven Anunziato could face more charges due to the fact that small children were in both cars. The woman was taken to Grandview Medical Center, and is expected to be OK.