Shooting stemmed from ‘road rage’ incident forces full freeway shutdown

Shooting forces full freeway closure on NB I-43

MILWAUKEE -- The Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office says a road rage shooting incident forced a full freeway closure on north I-43 at Fond du Lac Ave. on Friday evening, Nov. 16. The freeway reopened to traffic around 6:15 p.m.

The sheriff's office says the shooting happened around 3:20 p.m. Two people were shot and suffered non-life threatening injuries and treated at a hospital.

"We were stuck on the expressway for about 35 to 40 minutes," said Leroy Shooting stemmed from 'road rage' incident forces full freeway shutdown on I-43 NB Henton, driver.

Shooting forces full freeway closure on NB I-43

Shooting forces full freeway closure on NB I-43

Traffic was brought to a halt during rush hour on Friday as police cased the scene.

"We actually had to go pick up our kids from day care and we actually ran out of gas," said Henton.

Leroy Henton was like many drivers, rerouted as Milwaukee County sheriff squads blocked traffic from Fond du Lac to Locust.

Deputies lined the roadway, flashlights out, searching the street for bullet casings.

"I was stuck too long. It's my birthday, I've got a lot to do," said Megan, a driver.

Shooting forces full freeway closure on NB I-43

Full freeway closure on NB I-43

Full freeway closure on NB I-43

For some drivers there was obvious frustration.

"Over 30 minutes, like no exaggeration," said Megan.

"I was literally about to get out of my car, slam the door and say 'hey, everybody stop.' Direct traffic by itself," said Henton.

Full freeway closure on NB I-43

Full freeway closure on NB I-43

Full freeway closure on NB I-43

After about two hours, traffic was flowing again -- getting everyone where they needed to be.

"That's a blessing," Henton said.

According to the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office, the incident was a result of a road rage event and not a random act.