More drivers are claiming they were the target of gunfire while driving on I-526 highway in North Charleston.
Two motorists boxed in James Starnes while he was commuting to work Monday and shot at him 5 times. There are two bullet holes in the the steel frame of Starnes’ Honda Civic. The Air Force Veteran admits he might not be alive if he wasn’t so quick to the brakes.
“I saw that and went oh my god it’s the same M.O.,” said Craig Partridge who saw Starnes’ story circulating on the web and was prompted to come forward with his commuting experience, “5:30 in the morning, same location – Montague Avenue and 526.”
Partridge believes someone shot at his car on the same stretch of 526 when he was driving to work at a similar time a month ago.
“It was an ambush – I didn’t see it coming,” said Partridge, who felt and heard concussive sound at the time, “all of the sudden it was boom.” The former mechanic feels lucky there was no damage to his car and knows what he heard. “I have a concealed weapons permit and can tell the difference between calibers,” added Partridge, who filed an incident report Wednesday afternoon.
The Shelby Cobra Mustang owner is concerned for his fellow drivers. “The next person may not be so lucky,” said Partridge, “the next incident could be a fatality – I mean if these guys were better shots, we’d already have two.”
North Charleston Police Department has upgraded the charges from Monday’s incident from vehicle vandalism to attempted murder.
No suspects have been identified or arrested.