UPDATE: Charges upgraded after Gulfport road rage victim dies
GULFPORT, Miss. (WLOX) - Charges have been upgraded to first-degree murder in the case of a Gulfport road rage shooting.
Rose Madge Madison, 34, was initially arrested on charges of aggravated assault on July 8 after shooting a male driver in the area of 41st Street and Searle Avenue.
On July 20, Gulfport police were informed the victim had died from his injuries, leading to the upgraded charges for Madison. The victim was originally airlifted to Mobile for treatment.
Madison is held at the Harrison County jail on a $1 million bond.
The road rage incident started at Three Rivers Road and Airport Road, according to police.
It started with an argument between the victim and the woman. After the argument, the woman followed the man to the area of 41st Street and Searle Avenue. Once the vehicles came to a stop, the woman shot the man multiple times.
The shooting happened just feet away from Gulfport Fire Department near the National Guard base. That’s less than two miles from the shooting on Wednesday that claimed the life of a 26-year-old man.
“It’s very frustrating for us because Gulfport is a beautiful city and a lot of this is senseless violence,” Sgt. Jason Ducre, Gulfport Police Department. “It just needs to stop. A lot of this can be talked out, worked out and we’re choosing to use different methods. It’s senseless.”
One resident told WLOX she heard five shots followed by the sound of sirens. Resident Michael Parmer describes his wife’s reaction.
“She came in and said, I wonder why they are shooting off fireworks at this hour,” said Parmer. “We left shortly thereafter, and as we pulled out, all of the police were here. None of the crime scene tape was out at that time.”
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