An Oregon man was shot dead after he accidentally spilled cleaning fluid on the killer’s car, his family says.
According to Everytown Research and Policy, more than 500 people were injured or killed in nationwide road rampages in 2021, double the number before the pandemic. It was the worst year on record for street riots.
Dennis Anderson, 45, was driving home from a day trip with his partner, 18, Brandy Goldsbury, on July 13. They had just enjoyed a day trip to Lincoln City, Oregon, where they dreamed of buying a home, Goldsbury said The Oregonian. The couple have three children.
While driving, Anderson sprayed wiper fluid on his windshield to clean it, Goldsbury said. They determined that some of the liquid may have spilled onto a nearby BMW. When the car started trying to pass her, Goldsbury said she was initially dismissive.
“I was just like ‘ignore him, he’s having a bad day,'” she recalled to the newspaper.
The driver passed her and seemed to disappear. But a few miles later they passed a rest area where the same BMW was parked. As they drove on, the car came close behind them. The driver appeared to be attempting to ram his car or back into the woods.
At that point, Goldsbury said they should stop driving and call the police. Anderson pulled over and got out of the car while she dialed 911.
The BMW pulled parallel to them and a man in the passenger seat fired multiple shots, Oregon State Police reported.
“The last thing he said was, ‘Oh my god, they shot me,'” Goldsbury said The Oregonian. “When I got to him, blood was coming out of his mouth.”
A bystander tried to revive Anderson until paramedics arrived, but he was pronounced dead at the scene. Goldsbury was unharmed, probably “because her husband’s body protected her from a hail of bullets,” according to a Go Fund Me page for the family.
Oregon State Police are still hunting for the suspect or suspects, and no arrests have been made, a spokesman said news week.
anger on the street
The damage from street shootings has skyrocketed since the COVID-19 pandemic, which brought new stressors into people’s lives and exacerbated underlying stressors. From 2016 to 2019, about a third of street riot incidents involving a firearm resulted in injury or death. That proportion rose to half in 2020 and nearly two-thirds in 2021, according to Everytown Research and Policy.
In May, a woman was arrested for allegedly shooting a teenager in the face after a traffic fight in Georgia.
In California, a couple is on trial for the murder of a six-year-old boy during a street fight.
And last Christmas Eve, a professional boxer in Maryland was shot dead in front of his children while he was driving to their holiday dinner.
news week reached out to the Anderson family for comment.
https://www.newsweek.com/dad-shot-after-splashing-windshielf-fluid-raging-driver-family-1726897 Father shot dead after splashing windshield fluid on angry driver’s BMW: family