Police investigate bizarre road rage shooting in Amarillo

By Greg Grisolano, Land Line associate editor | Tuesday, August 09, 2016

A bizarre road rage incident between a trucker and a convertible driver in Amarillo on Sunday ended with damage to the car and bullet holes in the cab, but no arrests as of Tuesday, Aug. 9.

“At this point, we’ve got conflicting stories from both parties, and we’ve got no independent witnesses to confirm either one of them,” Amarillo media relations officer Jeb Hilton said. “If we could confirm one or the other with a witness or video, we’d be able to make a warrant to get an arrest on one or the other.”

The incident began at around 11:45 a.m. Sunday on westbound Interstate 40 when an altercation between the two vehicles occurred. Both vehicles pulled into a nearby Petro Truck Stop where each driver called police.

Truck driver Nurbek Nusupov, 31, told police the driver of a black Corvette convertible opened fire on him, according to Hilton. Officers responding to the scene found bullet holes in the cab of Nusupov’s International tractor.

The driver of the Corvette, Earl James Gore, 65, of Amarillo, also called police and admitted to firing on the truck driver. Hilton said Gore told police he opened fire after the truck allegedly tried to run over his vehicle on at least two occasions. Hilton said officers found damage to the convertible that was consistent with the car having been struck by another vehicle.

Hilton said the investigation into the incident is ongoing.

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