Florida dads accused of shooting each other's daughters in road rage incident

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By Carina Murphy

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Two Florida fathers shot at and wounded each other's daughters on Saturday (October 8) during what the sheriff described as a high-speed game of "cat and mouse".

Both dads drew semi-automatic handguns during the chase, which culminated in them hitting and wounding each other's daughters.

The vicious battle between strangers William Hale, 35, and Frank Allison, 43, only came to a close when they got out of their cars and started brawling on the highway, according to a report by The New York Post.

Nassau County Sheriff Bill Leeper reported that Hale's five-year-old daughter was shot in the leg, while Allison's 14-year-old daughter was hit in the back, causing her lung to collapse.

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Both fathers have been charged with attempted murder as a result of the gunfight.

"What’s scarier than one crazy driver with a gun? Two crazy drivers with a gun," Leeper said. "Thankfully, no one was killed in this incident, but it could have very easily turned out that way because two people were acting stupid and let their tempers get the best of them."

"There could have been two dead kids because of two stupid grown men," the sheriff added.

Watch Sheriff Bill Leeper's report on the shooting here:

Authorities were first alerted to the incident unfolding on Highway 1 near Callahan, Jacksonville when they received multiple 911 calls reporting people being shot at.

Though it is uncertain who or what started the fight between Hale and Allison, Leeper reported that they were both "speeding", "driving erratically", and "brake-checking" each other by driving in front of each other's vehicles and braking hard.

At one point, Hale reportedly pulled up beside Allison and shouted at him. In response, Allison's wife flipped him off, prompting Hale to throw a water bottle out his car window at her.

Leeper explained how the shooting started soon after this exchange, saying: "The driver of the Nissan, Allison, then grabbed his Sig Sauer .45-caliber semi-automatic handgun and fired one shot at the Dodge truck before driving away at an average speed."

"The bullet that Mr. Allison fired went into the right side rear passenger door and struck a 5-year-old girl in the right leg," Leeper added.

Upon realizing his daughter had been shot, Hale pulled out his own Glock 43 9mm semi-automatic handgun and began firing out of the drivers window.

"At least three bullets struck the Nissan. One of the bullets went through the rear of the vehicle and struck a 14-year-old girl in the back," Leeper said.

Eventually, both men's wives - who called 911 - agreed to pull over and meet a deputy. But that wasn't the end of the fight for Hale and Allison, who got out and started brawling on the road until a deputy broke up the fight.

Following the incident, both men were charged with second-degree attempted murder. They were each released hours later on $150,000 bond.

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Florida dads accused of shooting each other's daughters in road rage incident

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By Carina Murphy

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Two Florida fathers shot at and wounded each other's daughters on Saturday (October 8) during what the sheriff described as a high-speed game of "cat and mouse".

Both dads drew semi-automatic handguns during the chase, which culminated in them hitting and wounding each other's daughters.

The vicious battle between strangers William Hale, 35, and Frank Allison, 43, only came to a close when they got out of their cars and started brawling on the highway, according to a report by The New York Post.

Nassau County Sheriff Bill Leeper reported that Hale's five-year-old daughter was shot in the leg, while Allison's 14-year-old daughter was hit in the back, causing her lung to collapse.

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Credit: B Christopher / Alamy

Both fathers have been charged with attempted murder as a result of the gunfight.

"What’s scarier than one crazy driver with a gun? Two crazy drivers with a gun," Leeper said. "Thankfully, no one was killed in this incident, but it could have very easily turned out that way because two people were acting stupid and let their tempers get the best of them."

"There could have been two dead kids because of two stupid grown men," the sheriff added.

Watch Sheriff Bill Leeper's report on the shooting here:

Authorities were first alerted to the incident unfolding on Highway 1 near Callahan, Jacksonville when they received multiple 911 calls reporting people being shot at.

Though it is uncertain who or what started the fight between Hale and Allison, Leeper reported that they were both "speeding", "driving erratically", and "brake-checking" each other by driving in front of each other's vehicles and braking hard.

At one point, Hale reportedly pulled up beside Allison and shouted at him. In response, Allison's wife flipped him off, prompting Hale to throw a water bottle out his car window at her.

Leeper explained how the shooting started soon after this exchange, saying: "The driver of the Nissan, Allison, then grabbed his Sig Sauer .45-caliber semi-automatic handgun and fired one shot at the Dodge truck before driving away at an average speed."

"The bullet that Mr. Allison fired went into the right side rear passenger door and struck a 5-year-old girl in the right leg," Leeper added.

Upon realizing his daughter had been shot, Hale pulled out his own Glock 43 9mm semi-automatic handgun and began firing out of the drivers window.

"At least three bullets struck the Nissan. One of the bullets went through the rear of the vehicle and struck a 14-year-old girl in the back," Leeper said.

Eventually, both men's wives - who called 911 - agreed to pull over and meet a deputy. But that wasn't the end of the fight for Hale and Allison, who got out and started brawling on the road until a deputy broke up the fight.

Following the incident, both men were charged with second-degree attempted murder. They were each released hours later on $150,000 bond.

Featured Image Credit: Jack Sullivan / Alamy