The Houston man who police say fired gunshots into a truck containing fireworks, severely burning two young children – ages one and two – during an alleged road rage incident on the Fourth of July, turned himself into police on Sunday.
Bayron J. Rivera, 18, has been charged with four counts of aggravated assault, according to Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez, who announced the arrest on Twitter Sunday evening.
Investigators say Rivera and an unnamed father of four argued after pulling into a gas station parking lot in the 1800 block of W. Mount Houston Road Thursday evening.
Eyewitness Desmond David told KTRK-TV that one of the men accused the other of cutting him off in traffic while the two of them were driving on the highway.
Gonzalez told reporters during a Monday morning press conference that the altercation took place over the course of about 20 minutes and an AR-15 they recovered appears to have been the weapon used during the shooting.
‘That is consistent with evidence that we found at the scene as well. We still need to do our firearms follow-up investigation and make sure we go through testing and all that,’ Gonzalez said.
The unnamed father reportedly got back in his truck and tried to drive away from the scene after Rivera drew his firearm, authorities said.
Investigators said the bullets struck and ignited fireworks inside the truck, which started a fire that left the passengers severely burned.
Surveillance video of the incident shows fireworks exploding inside the vehicle, which burst into flames while speeding down the highway.
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SOURCE: Daily Mail – Chauncey Alcorn