Road rage incident included gunshot

Investigators on Monday were trying to piece together what roles three men played in a Saturday night road-rage incident in which no one was hurt when a gunshot was fired from one vehicle into another.

Medford Police Department investigators believe they know the three suspects in the 10:12 p.m. shooting, which they said occurred at the intersection of Stewart Avenue and Oakdale avenues after an argument between two groups in separate cars.

All three have been interviewed by police, and two were arrested on unrelated charges of probation violation.

However, investigators were trying Monday to determine who was driving and who fired the shot in the incident, Medford police Lt. Bob Hansen said.

"We want to get a little more proof of who's doing the shooting," Hansen said. "They're not all telling us the truth."

A preliminary investigation showed that three men in a Ford Aspire and two victims in an Acura Integra were both traveling west on Stewart Avenue from Riverside Avenue when an argument between the two parties erupted, police said.

As the Integra turned onto Oakdale Avenue, someone inside the Aspire fired a shot from a .22-caliber pistol, with the bullet striking the rear passenger area of the Integra, Hansen said.

Law enforcement from throughout the Rogue Valley were looking for the suspects' car when a Central Point Police Department officer spotted the vehicle an hour later and stopped it near the intersection of Columbus Avenue and Bryant Street, police said.

The driver fled on foot, but he was apprehended a short time later with the help of a Medford canine team, police said.

Police arrested the driver, Russell Wayne Sewell, Jr. of Medford for allegedly violating his parole from an earlier conviction of hit-and-run driving that resulted in an injury. Also arrested was Juvenal Adan Vega, 25, of Medford for allegedly violating his parole from a previous third-degree assault conviction from 2009.

Records show that Vega was one of four men who belonged to a Sureños gang offshoot called RAW — an acronym for Ready And Willing — and each pleaded guilty to the felony assault for breaking the jaw of a man who resisted joining their gang.

"We have no information that this was gang-related," Hansen said. "It was a little bit of road rage that got out of hand."

The third man, who was not identified, was not arrested, police said.

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