Driver's windows shot out during road rage on I-75
EAST RIDGE, TN (WRCB) -
A road rage victim wants justice after his windows were shot out while driving on I-75.
Arthur Cross, 69, is charged with aggravated assault and reckless endangerment.
"I was so startled, I didn't know really what had happened," said Brian Runyon. "All I remember was seeing the gun. I actually heard the gun go off, and my windows explode."
Runyon still lives with those terrifying moments near Exit 1 on I-75, when he was the victim in a road rage incident. His front windows were shattered by bullets, barely missing his body behind the wheel.
Police later identified the alleged shooter as 69-year-old Arthur Cross, who made his first appearance in East Ridge City Court on Tuesday.
"I don't want this to happen to anybody else," Runyon said. "I have a young daughter at home, and the only thing I could think of that day was her not having a father."
It happened during rush hour, back in July.
Runyon recalls a white Toyota truck with a Jesus fish sticker on the back cutting him off before brake-checking him.
Runyon said he threw up his hands, but never thought it would then escalate to gunfire.
"The next thing I know, he's back up beside me, and was waving a gun," he described. "As soon as I looked at him, he fired the weapon at me."
Witnesses said the man only stopped firing when a bullet jammed in the chamber.
The incident has changed Runyon's life -- and not for the better.
"Thinking about my family, every time I think about this, has been very difficult," he said.
Runyon said he has PTSD and avoids driving along the stretch of interstate where the incident occurred.
Shortly after Cross was arrested, he bonded out of jail.
"That's been a fear, going through the same routine every day, and possibly seeing this gentleman again," said Runyon. "I didn't want to have another run-in."
Runyon said he's pushing for justice, so something like this won't happen again.
Cross' attorney would not comment on the case. Cross remains out on bond and is due back in court next month.