Police think assault rifle was used in Chapel Hill road rage shooting

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Chapel Hill police are looking for a blue, four-door Mazda involved in a road-rage incident Monday night in which a person reported being shot at and injured.

The victim told police that he began yelling with four occupants of the Mazda about being cut off around 7 p.m. Monday near Fordham Boulevard and Sage Road.

Police think the shooting happened just south of the intersection near the superstreet U-turn on Fordham Boulevard, police spokesman Ran Northam said.

A passenger in the Mazda fired a gun, hitting the victim’s silver Toyota Prius and injuring his legs, the victim reported. Northam said the injuries could have been from the victim being hit by a bullet or bullets, or fragments from the Prius’ car door.

The driver of the Mazda kept going south on Fordham Boulevard.

Police “are fairly confident” the weapon used in the incident was an assault rifle, Northam said.

The victim was taken to UNC Hospitals for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries, police reported.

Chapel Hill police are seeking more information about what happened and about the blue Mazda and the people involved in the incident.

Anyone with information can call 911 or Crime Stoppers at 919-942-7515, or leave a tip online at crimestoppers-chcunc.org.

Calls to Crime Stoppers are confidential and anonymous, and the caller may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000 for information that leads to an arrest.

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