A Westminster man riding with three friends on the outer loop of the Baltimore Beltway was shot in the back early yesterday in what state police say was an apparent case of road rage.
Antonio Santiago, 21, of the 600 block of Whispering Meadow Court was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he underwent surgery and was released, a hospital spokeswoman said.
State police said the incident began before 2 a.m. near the Cold Spring Lane interchange on Interstate 83 and ended at Interstate 795 and Owings Mills Boulevard.
According to state police, Santiago and three occupants of a Honda Civic were traveling north on I-83 when they got into a traffic altercation with the occupants of a maroon Mazda 626. The driver of the Mazda followed the Honda Civic onto the outer loop of the Beltway.
As the cars passed Stevenson Road, the driver of the Mazda pulled up next to the Honda and fired six shots from a handgun, police said. The Honda accelerated and lost sight of the Mazda.
Police said the driver of the Honda, Roger E. Kendrick, 22, of Westminster, called authorities on his cellular phone and said one of the passengers in his car had been shot. Kendrick headed north on I-795 to the Owings Mills Metro station, where he waited for police to arrive.
Police said two men were riding in the Mazda, which had dark-tinted windows.
Sun staff writer Brenda Buote contributed to this article.