26 Jun 2013

Road rage shooter arrested in Germany

9:11 pm on 26 June 2013

Police in Germany investigating a gunman arrested for more than 700 motorway shootings say he also fired on motorists and vehicles in France, Belgium and Austria because of anger over bad driving.

The truck driver had two guns and more than 1300 rounds of ammunition in his possession when he was detained on Sunday.

The BBC reports the spree took place over a five-year period starting in 2008.

Last year, a reward for information on the shootings was quadrupled to 100,000 euros.

Police said talked of a "war on German motorways" because of his "anger and frustration" over bad driving.

The man said he was a good shot so he intended to damage only vehicles, not to hurt people.

Chief federal police commissioner Joerg Ziercke said 762 shots were fired in total, sometimes from one vehicle driving alongside another.

He said the man will be charged with causing grievous bodily harm and a charge of attempted murder is being considered.