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Affidavit reveals witness account of road rage shooting in Chattanooga

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CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) -

Chattanooga Police are still piecing together what they call a "road rage" shooting, that left one man dead.

Sixty-two-year-old Richard Manning is facing charges of criminal homicide and aggravated assault. He is sitting behind bars on a $300,000 bond. Manning is accused of shooting and killing 39-year-old Norman Alex Gallman at the intersection of South Moore Road and North Terrace Road.

According to an affidavit obtained by Channel 3, a woman witnessed the shooting. As she approached the intersection, she told police Gallman got out of his vehicle and that Manning shot him as he approached the driver side door. Gallman then "stumbled back to his gray SUV."

Moments later, police caught up with Manning, taking him into custody. He was in another vehicle. Inside, investigators found "a .40 caliber handgun inside of a bag."

"Yeah, I think the charges are probably substantial," says Robert Higginbotham, Manning's neighbor.

Higginbotham says he has known Manning for 17 years.

"He always seemed to be helpful," says Higginbotham.

Workers at a local shooting range tell Channel 3 Manning worked as a certified firearms instructor, training security guards. They say he has a range of health problems and believe he must have been threatened to pull the trigger. But Higginbotham is not so sure.

"Like the police say, like you hear all the time, if you are confronted with something like that, just kind of turn your head and go on. Let the guy get it out of his system."

As for Gallman, he leaves behind a wife and two young children. He was a personal trainer at Brainerd Crossroads. His co-workers say the sudden loss is hard to take. They have started taking donations to help Gallman's family pay for his funeral.

"Oh, I imagine they're really heartbroke. Especially this time of year. Just a week away from Christmas. My goodness," says Higginbotham.

Gallman's wife was in the car with him during the shooting. She was unharmed. Manning is due in court December 23rd.

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