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Police: Man shot gun in air while driving, crashed into tree

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WAKE FOREST — A man driving into Wake Forest along Capital Boulevard Saturday was firing a gun into the air before he veered off the road and into a tree, police said.

The man is now recovering at a hospital and is expected to face charges. No one else was injured.

The incident happened about 6:30 p.m. at the Height Lane intersection with Capital Boulevard, about a half mile south of Falls of Neuse Road.

According to Town of Wake Forest spokesman Bill Crabtree, the driver, Rashaud Tyrell Watson, 20, was driving north on Capital Boulevard when he slowed down and fired several rounds with a handgun into the air.

He then veered of the road and crashed into a tree, Crabtree said.
"At this point in the investigation, no one knows why he was firing the handgun or veered off the road," Crabtree said.

Several people called 911 to report the incident.

"We just witnessed an accident on Capital Boulevard," one caller, whose name was censored from the recording, said in a 911 tape provided by police. "Right in the middle, but just prior to, the accident, the driver was shooting out the window."

"Do you know what he was shooting at?" the dispatcher later asked the caller.

"Just in the air," the caller said. "He was like holding up traffic really bad and just shot out of the window into the air. I was like two cars behind him."

Watson, of Caplan Drive in Raleigh, has serious injuries from the crash, Crabtree said. He is "recuperating" at a local hospital. Police will not say which hospital.

When his condition improves, Watson is expected to be arrested and charged with three counts of possession of a firearm by a felon, three counts of possession of a stolen firearm and one count of discharging a firearm in city limits.