Police said Richard Wilt, 42, of Woodstock, was driving a black Lexus and fired a gun at the 20-year-old women, who had parked their white pickup truck in a cul-de-sac.
The victims were not injured, and the round appears to have missed their truck, said Lt. Jay Baker, spokesman with the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday in a news release.
Baker said Wilt began to pursue the victims after they passed him on the road.
“Out of fear the victims called a friend, advised him of the situation and asked if he would meet them on Apple Orchard Lane,” Baker said. “Wilt followed the girls to Apple Orchard Lane, and all parties stopped their vehicles in the cul-de-sac. Wilt then reportedly pointed a firearm at the victim’s vehicle and fired one round. Witnesses stated Wilt attempted to fire more rounds but his gun malfunctioned.”
After a call was made to 911, deputies spotted the car on Toonigh Road and stopped the man nearby on Billings Road around 9:50 p.m.
“After interviewing the suspect, victims and witnesses, deputies determined that the suspect … was driving recklessly on East Cherokee Drive,” Baker said.
Baker said Wilt then attempted to flee the area but was quickly taken into custody by deputies.
Investigators located one spent shell casing and two unfired rounds of .45-caliber ammunition in the cul-de-sac, Baker said. He said a .45-caliber handgun was found in Wilt’s vehicle.
When deputies asked Wilt if he knew why he was being pulled over, he replied that he had road rage and had fired one round from his gun, according to the police report.
Wilt has been charged with aggravated assault, terroristic threats, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, discharging a firearm while intoxicated, DUI, possession of a Schedule II drug, possession of marijuana less than one ounce and open container, Baker said.
Wilt remains in custody at the Cherokee Adult Detention Center on a $60,446 bond.