Shooting under investigation as possible I-75 road rage, police say

Published: Mar. 11, 2022 at 4:20 AM EST|Updated: Mar. 11, 2022 at 9:37 AM EST
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CINCINNATI (WXIX) - A shooting in Cincinnati overnight is under investigation as a possible road rage incident on Interstate 75 near Hopple Street, police said early Friday.

Police confirmed they received a 911 call from Quebec Avenue near Glenway Avenue in West Price Hill at 12:42 a.m. reporting a man had two gunshot wounds.

The victim was taken to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, where he is expected to recover, they said. He told police he was shot on the southbound side of the highway and was able to drive west over to Quebec Avenue.

Officers said they had no further details to provide at this point as they continue to investigate.

Initial police radio traffic on the incident says there is a female suspect in a white vehicle.

Stephanie Barrios says she is the victim’s daughter. She recalls she was sleeping when her mother frantically woke her early Friday.

“It happened all quick,” she said. “She came in like, ‘Stephanie, you need to come downstairs. Call the police. Your dad has been shot twice.’”

Barrios says her father was driving south on I-75 and was switching lanes to take the Hopple Street exit when a woman in a white Nissan pulled out a gun and fired at him.

“She honked at him, shot him, and then got away,” Barrios said.

Minutes after Barrios’ mother woke her, her father arrived home, and they began cleaning his wounds. She says she spent the next eight hours with her father at UCMC.

Barrios says the bullets came close to causing major damage to her father’s stomach and heart. “He was very lucky about that,” she said. “I’m grateful that he’s doing better now.”

Twenty-four hours later, she’s still in disbelief.

“I’ve actually seen a lot of news about gunshots and all that, but I wouldn’t think that it could of happened to us,” she said. “So it was pretty scary and surprising.”

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