Maine girl shot during road rage incident home from hospital; State Police search for shooter

A 16-year-old Maine girl was wounded when shots were fired into this Nissan XTerra. A bullet strike is visible in the passenger window.
A 16-year-old Maine girl was wounded when shots were fired into this Nissan XTerra. A bullet strike is visible in the passenger window. –Massachusetts State Police

A 16-year-old Maine girl who was shot during a road rage incident is now home with her family, after being released from Anna Jacques Hospital in Newburyport where she was taken after the shooting on Interstate 495 on Sunday.

State Police reported the teen’s release from the hospital Monday as they requested the public’s help in tracking down the shooter. Police believe the shooter was the passenger in a white Honda Accord that was being driven by a woman wearing sunglasses.

The shooter was described by State Police as a male with short hair who was wearing a gray T-shirt and sunglasses. He allegedly fired three rounds into the 2002 Nissan XTerra being driven by the Maine girl’s family.

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State Police released a photo of the XTerra today, which clearly showed a bullet mark in the middle of the rear passenger window. The victim was traveling with three family members at the time of the shooting, State Police said.

In a statement today, State Police said the incident took place around 12:17 p.m. as the two vehicles traveled through the town of Merrimac. Police believe the highway was filled with drivers at that time, some of whom may have seen the events leading up to the gunfire.

“The sequence of events that preceded the shooting remains under investigation, but may have included one or both cars cutting the other off at some point,’’ State Police said.

State Police asked anyone with information to contact them at 978-462-7478.

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