Road rage incident escalates to gunfire on east side

Published: Jun. 24, 2016 at 7:12 PM MST|Updated: Mar. 2, 2018 at 4:12 PM MST
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Suspect, Michael S. Walker, in alleged road rage shooting. (Source: Tucson Police Department)
Suspect, Michael S. Walker, in alleged road rage shooting. (Source: Tucson Police Department)

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The incident started last Friday, June 17, at the intersection of Swan and 5th in midtown.

Samantha Bergquist was in the passenger seat, her boyfriend was driving and their three young boys were in the back seat. Bergquist said the suspect turned in front of them as they were heading north on Swan. The family swerved to avoid a collision. They exchanged words with the suspect at the next stoplight and thought everything was fine. But moments later near Glenn and Venice, the suspect allegedly opened fire on their car.

"Pulls up in front of us, jumps out and starts letting off all his bullets," Samantha Bergquist said.

Tucson Police say the suspect, 22-year-old Michael Walker shot at their car eight times. Bullets shattered the passenger window, another bullet came within inches of the youngest son.

"I jumped in the back, squeezed all of my kids together, threw their heads down and leaned over them like this," Bergquist said.

The family was able to drive away, and miraculously no one was injured. Now they want to send a message to all drivers.

"Just keep going, I know it's that anger, it triggers you but your life could be gone in a matter of seconds," Bergquist said.

Tucson Police said this could have ended in tragedy. They encourage everyone on the road to think before reacting. If someone is being aggressive on the road, get a description of the car and report it immediately.

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