A 13-year-old boy died and his mother and brother were in critical condition after a fit of road rage spiraled into a shooting frenzy in Colorado. A third child managed to escape without getting hit, but another man was allegedly shot as he looked on in his truck nearby.
Jeremy Webster, 23, was charged with first-degree murder and several lesser charges Thursday, according to the 17th Judicial District Attorney’s Office in Adams County. He allegedly confessed to police when he was apprehended several hours after the shooting on June 14, in Westminster, Colorado. Webster has mental health issues, he told police, and had started taking a new medicine on the day of the incident, he said.
The terrible events began when Webster allegedly got into a road rage fight with Meghan Bigelow, 41, at an intersection, while both were still in their cars. He then followed her car for almost a mile to a dentist’s office parking lot. Bigelow and her three sons — aged 8, 12 and 13 — got out of their car. So did Webster.
The pair began arguing face-to-face, according to a police affidavit obtained by KUSA-TV in Denver. Webster then pulled out a gun and allegedly blasted several shots at Bigelow. He then fired on the 8- and 13-year-old boys. The 12-year-old managed to run away and escaped getting hit.
Webster started to walk back towards his car, but instead turned around and allegedly shot the 13-year-old boy again as he lay on the ground, according to the affidavit.
John Gale, 40, sat nearby in a truck watching the horrific events unfold with his own 9-year-old daughter. Gale and Webster made eye contact, which led Webster, in a particularly cold-blooded twist, to allegedly unleash a barrage of fire at Gale’s truck. Gale was struck in his arms and his daughter was not injured, according to the affidavit.
The 13-year-old boy died at the scene. His mother and brother were taken to a hospital in critical condition.
Webster fled after the shooting, but was captured by police three hours later. He did not know the alleged victims, cops say.
Prosecutors have 120 days to decide whether or not they will pursue the death penalty against Webster. He is also charged with five counts of attempted murder and four counts of assault.
[Photo: Westminster Police Department]
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