4 Md. men charged with shooting at trucker on I-95 Incident stemmed from traffic dispute

May 22, 1991|By Roger Twigg

Four Maryland men were charged in Virginia yesterday with weapons violations after a high-speed cat-and-mouse game along Interstate 95 ended when they allegedly fired three blasts from a sawed-off shotgun into the cab of a tractor-trailer.

Randy Thomas Schultz, 21, of Annapolis, John A. Harrison, 20, with no fixed address, and Linwood Nathan Thomas, 20, and Kenneth Anthony Banks, 26, both of Landover, were arrested on charges of malicious shooting into an occupied vehicle and use of a firearm in a felony. All were being held last night at the Hanover County Jail in Virginia on bails ranging from $25,000 to $100,000.

The truck driver, Fred Michael Sandoval, 29, of Fayetteville, N.C., was in good condition at Mary Washington Hospital in Fredericksburg, Va., recovering from wounds to the face and arm.

Police said the shooting stemmed from a dispute that occurred when the car and truck tried to pass one another at a construction area where the road narrowed in Stafford, Va.

"There was a lot of horn-honking and yelling back and forth," said Maj. Mitchell H. Coffey of the Stafford Sheriff's Department.

When the truck pulled onto southbound I-95, the car followed and weaved in and out of traffic. About five miles south of the first encounter, the car pulled to the side of the road and waited for the truck to pass, Major Coffey said. The car then drove back on the highway and alongside the truck. One of the car's occupants then fired. One shot went through an open window and struck Mr. Sandoval in the face and arm, while two other shots hit the windshield and driver's door, police said.

Virginia State Police stopped the car about 40 miles south of the shooting in Hanover, Va., and arrested the four men.

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