A 33-year-old female driver was shot Wednesday morning in what police say was a road rage incident in Alexandria, and a suspect was arrested after an hours-long search.
The woman, who is from Bladensburg, has serious injuries but was able to walk and speak after the shooting, police said. She was taken to a hospital and is in stable condition, said Lt. Matthew Weinert of the Alexandria Police Department.
Maryland State Police took Ernest Stickell, 59, of Mechanicsville, into custody Wednesday afternoon, and he has been charged with malicious wounding and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.
Patrol officers responded to the shooting at 7:56 a.m. on Eisenhower Avenue near Clermont Drive, just off the Beltway. Police said the driver of one car fired at another but declined to elaborate on exactly what happened to prompt the incident.
“There was some type of aggressive interaction between the vehicles that led to the shooting,” police spokeswoman Crystal Nosal said, adding that officers spoke to the victim and witnesses after the incident.
Police said two people were in the victim’s black Chevy Tahoe — a man who was not injured and the female driver. The victim was shot in her neck and back, Alexandria Fire Department spokesman Rick Muse Jr. said. Nosal declined to say how many shots were fired.
The other vehicle left the scene, and police began a search. Stickell was arrested hours later. A woman who answered the phone at a number associated with Stickell declined to comment. Online court records don’t indicate whether Stickell has a lawyer.
The incident tied up traffic for several hours.