AUSTIN (KXAN) — Annette Garza said it was an act of road rage that led her to be shot in the shoulder earlier this month.
Garza said an aggressive driver followed her sister-in-law to her house off E M. Franklin Avenue on Dec. 3, where a fist fight ensued. The alleged shooter then left and came back with a gun and fired upon the house five to seven times, striking Garza in the shoulder.
The east Austinite is stable now after being hospitalized that night with what ATCEMS had called critical, life threatening wounds.
“It hit me right here and it came out the back. It was an in and out wound,” Garza said. “I was still in hock that I had got hit and I pulled up my sweater adn saw the blood gushing.”
She’s using her story to call attention to what she sees as an increase in road rage in Austin.
“It’s crazy how bad it’s getting,” Garza said. “These people, I don’t know what’s wrong with them.”
Austin Police detectives tell Garza that they are still searching for the suspects. Investigators are calling this crime an aggravated assault, for now.
KXAN photojouralists saw APD’s gang unit on scene at the time of the incident. APD public information officers have not yet responded if they consider this to be a gang-related incident.
A study on road rage
An insurance comparison company surveyed Americans this year on road rage behaviors and how to respond to it.
The report from “The Zebra” says the top three actions that anger people the most are cutting another driver off, tailgating and using a phone while driving.
When asked how drivers respond to road rage, most respondents took a non-confrontational approach. More than 45 percent yelled inside their cars. Fewer people used their horn or made a rude gesture towards another driver.
According to the study, the best way to relax after experiencing road rage is to listen to music. The second and third best options are to call a family member or friend and drive somewhere remote.