Gwinnett County

Man shot during road rage fight between two drivers, police say

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. — Gwinnett County police are investigating a road rage shooting at a recycling center in Doraville.

Channel 2's Aaron Diamant was at the Metro Green Recycling on Pleasantdale Road, where the shooting happened.

Police say it all started when garbage fell off the back of a commercial trash truck. Investigators say the man in the car behind the truck, Jamarsa Williams, followed it to the recycling center, where the drivers started fighting.

Gwinnett police Cpl. Michele Pihera said surveillance video from the recycling center helped them to quickly sort out what happened.

"It's pretty black and white," Pihera said. "There were people inside the booth who saw what was happening and saw everything take place between both drivers."

Police said after trash landed on Williams' blue car, Williams confronted the truck driver.


The truck driver grabbed a crowbar from his truck and started to swing it around, police said. Williams then got a gun out of his car and shot the truck driver in the abdomen. After shooting the truck driver, Williams waited at the scene for police.

Pihera said it's a frustrating situation because the shooting didn't have to happen.

“The driver of the blue car should have pulled over and called us out there," Pihera said. "The driver of the commercial motor vehicle didn’t have to approach the driver of the other vehicle with a crowbar."

Williams was charged with aggravated assault. Police say the truck driver, whose injuries do not appear to be life-threatening, could face charges, too.

None of the witnesses wanted to reveal what they saw, and the recycling center boss would not show Diamant the surveillance video.

“We’re glad that it happened here, where there weren’t too many other people involved, and it wasn’t a very populated area," Pihera said.

Pihera had a message to drivers who get angry on the road.

“We encourage everybody to just pull over, take a deep breath," Pihera said. "If you feel like a crime occurred, call 911, but don’t ever approach the driver of any other vehicles.”