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Charges filed against man who fired at driver in road rage incident

By Katie Crowther. CREATED Aug 21, 2014

It was the morning commute from hell for one local father, who was nearly killed on his drive to work. A motorcyclist pulled out a gun and shot at him, near the stadium interchange.

It happened around 7:30 a.m. Monday, on the Lisbon Avenue ramp to Highway 41.
 
That driver, who wants to remain anonymous, says he felt the bullet whiz by his face. 
 
Charges were filed Thursday against the motorcyclist, James Norman, 35. Norman faces charges of first-degree recklessly endangering safety by use of a dangerous weapon, being a felon in possession of a firearm, and second-offense marijuana possession.
 
The driver says Norman was operating his motorcycle erratically, cutting people off, and nearly hitting cars.
 
"He was trying to wedge between cars," he describes. "We exchanged some choice words and gestures, but I didn't think it would lead to anything serious."
 
Before he knew it, he was staring down the barrel of a gun.
 
"The motorcyclist unsnapped something from his belt, and the next thing I know, there was a gun pointed at me," he describes. "I heard a pop, then the glass shattered. I pulled over to the side of the road, wondering if I had been shot. When I realized I was only hit by the shattered glass, I called 911 and tried to give a description of the motorcyclist."
 
For the driver, the scariest part is that his 5-year-old daughter is typically with him, sitting in the passenger seat. He had just dropped her off. 
 
"She could have been in that seat, hit with a bullet or broken glass," he says. "Someone was looking out for me and my family that day. It's a miracle I wasn't shot. I just had some cuts from the glass."
 
Witnesses stopped to help him, and also helped lead police to Norman. 
 
According to Norman's criminal complaint, he was combative with officers, who found his gun in the median of Highway 41. They also claim Norman smelled of alcohol, and had marijuana on him. His first court appearance is Friday.
Katie Crowther

Katie Crowther

Katie Crowther was born and raised the suburbs of Detroit. She attended John Carroll University, and the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.