Law officers in Cherokee County say two young women are lucky to be alive after they encountered a violent motorist on East Cherokee Drive Tuesday night in an episode that ended in gunfire.
The two young women, both 20, were driving in Woodstock at approximately 9:50 p.m. when they came upon a car moving erratically along the road, according to Lt. Jay Baker at the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office. The women decided to pass, which apparently angered the other driver.
The chase was on, Baker said, ending in a cul-de-sac on Apple Orchard Lane. There, deputies reported the suspect pulled out a gun and tried to shoot the girls from inside his vehicle.
“He fired one round and appeared to attempt to fire more rounds. For whatever reason, the gun did not go off,” Baker said. The gun may have jammed. Detectives found one .45 caliber shell casing and two ejected rounds at the scene.
42-year old Richard Wilt was arrested a short time later on Billings Road. He was arrested on charges of aggravated assault, terroristic threats, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, discharging a firearm while intoxicated, D.U.I., possession of a schedule ii drug, possession of marijuana less than one ounce and open container.
As for the young victims, they were shaken, but unhurt.