Suspect sought after person shot on Interstate 40 near Airport Boulevard

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The Wake County Sheriff's Office is on the lookout for a gray or light colored Jeep SUV in connection with a shooting on I-40 Wednesday evening. (WTVD)

The rush hour commute on Interstate 40 can often be dangerous but nothing like it was Wednesday evening when a gunman opened fire on a car at the Airport Boulevard exit.

Many commuters who have heard about the crime say it's nothing short of miraculous that no other cars or people were hit by the hail of bullets on one of the busiest stretches of I-40.

A lot of drivers who crept along beside this scene after the shooting thought it was wreck. They had no idea that the passenger side of the car was riddled with bullet holes. The windows of the car were shattered.

Several who did see the shooting called 911 to report that a man pulled over and started firing out a window. One described it as an automatic weapon.

911 Caller: "It was just turning up on the ramp a little bit and it kind of stopped and the guy pulled out, what I thought was an automatic weapon. It was firing pretty rapidly."

911 Dispatcher: "Do you know what color it was?"

911 Caller: "It had like the kind of two handles on it sort of thing and it was a black gun."

It was certainly a brazen crime which was a fact noted by one of the 911 callers who watched the gunman drive away up the exit ramp.

911 Caller: "He took off. I mean it was it was like he didn't care if he got caught. I mean, he was like right here at the exit and stopped."

Another 911 caller said a passenger in the car, later identified as Terry Yellock, of Greensboro, was hit but the wounds seemed superficial. The Wake County Sheriff's Department said Yellock's injuries did not appear life-threatening and the crime didn't appear random. Yellock was treated and released from the hospital.

Two others in the car, Leon Woods and Kirk Wright, both of Roxboro, were not injured.

Sheriff's investigators are still searching for the gunman who they say was in a gray or light colored SUV.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to contact the Wake County Sheriff's Office at (919) 856-6911.

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