Florida: 2 accused of shooting minors in a road incident

FERNANDINA BEACH, Fla. (HPD) — Two men are facing attempted murder charges for allegedly shooting at each other’s vehicle on a busy Florida highway and injuring the other’s daughters, who were riding in their back seats.

William Hale, of Douglasville, Georgia, and Frank Allison, of Callahan, Florida, were charged last week with attempted second-degree murder in the Oct. 8 confrontation on Federal Highway 1 in Nassau County, which It is located in the extreme northeast of Florida.

A witness told county police that both vehicles were driving so erratically and engaged in a “cat-and-mouse” chase that he decided to call authorities, according to an incident report.

Hale, who was driving a pickup truck with family members, told police that he and Allison repeatedly braked in front of each other. He added that at one point he heard an impact on the back door, so he took the gun he was carrying on the dashboard of his truck and fired through the driver’s window, according to the report.

“It was an immediate reaction,” said Hale, who revealed that he had fired “all the bullets in the gun,” according to the police report.

For her part, Allison told police she fired into the rear or a tire of the truck after someone had thrown a water bottle at her car.

“Mr. Allison said that his intention in firing the gun was to ‘get out of that whole situation,'” the report reads.

Hale’s daughter suffered an upper calf injury, while Allison’s daughter had a collapsed lung, according to the report.

An attorney for Hale was not listed in the online file. Phyllis Wiley, who is listed as Allison’s attorney in the filing, said in an email Monday that her representation was under review and that she could not comment on the case.

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