As July 4 fireworks exploded across Nebraska Wednesday night, a Florida man allegedly fired a gun at another vehicle on I-80 in far western Nebraska.
Nebraska State Patrol spokesman Cody Thomas said at 9:30 p.m. MT, the NSP received a report of a man shooting from one vehicle into another on I-80 near the Kimball exit.
Thomas said the victims were driving west in a 2005 Chrysler minivan. They had come upon a 2000 Kia Rio, traveling 45 mph through a one-lane construction zone.
The minivan driver honked and flashed its lights to urge the Kia to drive faster.
When the construction zone ended and both lanes were open, the Kia stayed in the passing lane, still traveling slowly. The minivan tried to pass on the right, when the passenger of the Kia Rio fired a single shot from a handgun into the minivan.
The bullet went through the driver’s window and lodged in the dash, Thomas said. The minivan driver suffered minor injuries from bullet fragments and broken glass.
The victims stopped and the Kia continued westbound into Wyoming, about 20 miles away.
Thomas said the Wyoming Highway Patrol found the vehicle and took Kevin Austin, 47, of Cocoa, Fla. into custody.
Austin will be returned to Nebraska, charged with 2nd degree assault and use of a weapon to commit a felony, Thomas said.