Balto. Co. man charged in interstate shooting


A Baltimore County man was being held on $400,000 bail at the Washington County Detention Center in Hagerstown yesterday, charged with attempted murder in what state police called a road-rage shooting.

The incident occurred about 2 p.m. Monday on Interstate 70 near Clear Spring when the driver of a Chrysler PT Cruiser refused to let the driver of a Chevrolet Suburban pass him in the eastbound lanes, police said.

Police said the driver of the Chevy sport utility vehicle neared the passenger side of the Chrysler and fired three shots from a 9-mm semiautomatic handgun, nearly hitting its female passenger and the male driver, whose names were not released.

The gunman sped off.

After the victims reported the incident and gave a description of the SUV, two troopers from the Hagerstown barracks stopped the vehicle on the interstate near Mount Tabor Road in Myersville, about 17 miles from the shooting scene.

In the SUV was a handgun believed to be used in the incident, police said.

At the scene where the shots were fired, police recovered three spent 9-mm shell casings.

Charged with two counts of attempted second-degree murder, two counts of first- and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, a handgun violation and possession of marijuana was Jimmie Lee Johnson, 35, of the 8400 block of Loch Raven Blvd.

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