Manhunt continues in Florence 'road rage' shooting

Manhunt continues in Florence 'road rage' shooting

FLORENCE, AL (WAFF) - A shooting investigation is ongoing in Florence.

Police say at 1:19 a.m. Wednesday, a call came in of a female that had been shot and was being transported to Eliza Coffee Memorial.

Officer spoke to the boyfriend of the victim at ECM. He told officers that he was driving down Chisholm Road when someone in a dark-colored Chevrolet Cruze confronted them at a traffic light at Cox Creek Parkway. According to police, after the Chevrolet continued driving aggressively while following them to Malone Circle where someone exited the car and shot at the victim's vehicle several times.

One shot entered the vehicle, hitting the victim in the neck.

The victim has been identified as Cassie Sartain, a dispatcher for the Colbert County 911 Center. She was transported to Huntsville Hospital and was in stable condition as of Wednesday morning.

Florence police believe the shooting happened after an argument between the occupants of the two vehicles.

"There was a road rage incident. There was an argument and the other people shot at them," said Sgt. Greg Cobb

Investigators said the Chevrolet with the gunman followed Sartain's car down Chisholm Road and Malone Circle. Investigators believe when the cars stopped at a traffic light then someone from the vehicle started shooting and hit Sartain in the neck.

Cobb said they are still looking for the suspects. They believe four passengers were in the vehicle where the gunfire originated.

Police are continuing to investigate this situation and are continuing to search for the offenders. They ask that if anyone has information on this case to call the Florence Police Department or detective Bill White at 256-760-6595.

"We need the public's help. Anything they heard or they have seen, please report it to authorities," said Cobb.

Sartain's brother, Cole Sartain, said his sister is lucky the bullet did not cause any nerve damage.

"These days you can't engage in road rage and you can't fight because people have guns. That's just the age we live in," he said.

The family hopes Sartain will have a speedy recovery and will be home soon.

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