A Tennessee driver who allegedly shot a motorcyclist during a road rage-fueled incident Monday was charged Tuesday with attempted murder, the Knox County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.
Rodney Lee Scott, 61, of Knoxville, allegedly shot the victim, 23-year-old Tyler Larkin, three times in the back and once in the wrist on a Knoxville street, according to the sheriff’s office. Scott is also accused of backing into another motorcyclist, 33-year-old J.R. Tinsler, with his SUV.
Scott was jailed on $1 million bond, the sheriff’s office said. The 61-year-old has other charges pending in the road rage incident, depending on the outcome of blood alcohol tests.
The incident occurred around 4 p.m. Monday, when Scott nearly struck the two motorcyclists with his SUV, the sheriff’s office said. Larkin and Tinsler waved their arms to make sure Scott saw him, but the 61-year-old allegedly responded by making obscene gestures at the men.
He then stopped his SUV on the road and allegedly backed into Tinsler. A witness who stopped to help followed Scott to the address of his Knoxville home.
Scott allegedly then shouted racial slurs at the bikers and went into his garage to retrieve two guns. With one gun in each hand, Scott allegedly shot at the men and continued to shoot Lakin as he lay on the road, according to the sheriff’s office.
Authorities believe there were more witnesses to the road rage shooting, and urged anyone who saw what happened to contact the sheriff’s office at 865-215-2243.
According to the office, Scott is no stranger to authorities and was involved in another road rage incident. Back in March 2002, he was charged with assault for stopping a car and assaulting one of the passengers of the vehicle. He was given judicial diversion in that case.