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Shooter identified in Highway 82 road rage shooting incident


Mark Thomas

Mark Thomas



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A Starkville man was arrested Thursday morning for allegedly shooting into a vehicle during a "road rage" incident on Highway 82. 


Deputies with Lowndes County Sheriff's Office arrested Mark Bealanger Thomas, 45, who has been charged with aggravated assault manifesting in extreme indifference to life. 


Investigators said LCSO received a call from a driver at about 8 a.m. reporting he had been driving on Highway 82 near Highway 45 South when he passed Thomas' vehicle. Thomas, while driving, pulled out a gun and shot through his window and into the victim's back window, nearly striking the victim in the head. 


LCSO Chief Deputy Marc Miley said Thomas was driving a Toyota 4Runner and kept driving after the shot was fired. Officers stopped Thomas near the Columbus city limits on Community Road.  


The victim was driving a Ford F-150. 


The victim reported Thomas was on his cell phone when he passed, according to Deputy Tony Cooper. Cooper added Mississippi law does not prohibit individuals from carrying handguns in their cars without conceal carry permits. 


Thomas has been released from Lowndes County Adult Detention Center on $5,000 bond.




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