Truckee woman shot on I-80 in Reno
In what officials are calling a case of road rage, Truckee resident Stephanie Pierce, 30, was shot in the face Monday morning while traveling to work in Reno.
According to the Reno Police Department, Paul Pierce, the victim’s husband, was driving the couple’s white Subaru hatchback eastbound on Interstate 80 when the incident occurred.
The Pierce’s vehicle had reportedly passed a red or maroon, late-model GMC or Chevrolet pickup on the right and then pulled into the left lane.
The driver of the pickup, which bore scenic Idaho license plates, then began tailgating and subsequently pulled alongside the Pierce’s vehicle.
About one mile west of Robb Drive, the driver of the pickup raised a handgun of unknown caliber and fired once through the passenger window of the Subaru, hitting Stephanie in the face.
Her husband drove Stephanie to Saint Mary’s Hospital where she was admitted in serious condition and underwent surgery. Her condition was upgraded from serious to fair Wednesday, hospital officials said.
The driver of the pickup exited I-80 shortly after the shooting at either Robb Drive or McCarran Boulevard and still remains at large.
He is described as a white male of fair complexion in his mid-40s with salt-and-pepper
hair. The suspect wears glasses and had a moustache at the time of the incident. His height and weight have been estimated at 5 feet 8 inches and 180 pounds.
Reno police received information regarding the two vehicles from a couple who were driving on I-80 near Robb Drive at the time of the incident. The couple said both vehicles were traveling at an excessive rate of speed and were “racing around each other.”
The couple did not see the shooting occur.
California Highway Patrol Public Information Officer Ron Wulff said most cases of road rage occur in heavy traffic or following an incident such as one vehicle cutting-off another. The situation then compounds itself, he said, with events escalating until someone becomes violent.
Incidents of road rage in California are in decline, Wulff added, in part because drivers now carry cell phones. Cell phone users often report the behavior of erratic or aggressive drivers, he said, and as a result police are dispatched to the area.
“I think a lot of times we’re able to stop the incident before it escalates,” Wulff said.
The Secret Witness program is offering a $2,000 reward for information leading to the arrest or indictment of any suspects in the Stephanie Pierce shooting.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Reno Police Department at (775) 334-2188, Secret Witness at (775) 322-4900 or the Secret Witness Spanish line at (775) 721-7727.
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