Providence man arraigned in highway shootings

Anthony Jackson is arraigned in Providence Distrrict Court, Wednesday, July 11, 2018, on charges stemming from two highway shootings. (WJAR)

A Providence man was arrested without incident at his home on Jewell Street Tuesday night after almost a year-long search by Rhode Island State Police for his alleged role in a pair of shooting incidents on local highways in 2017. Police say that Anthony Jackson, 24, was the person that fired shots at ‘random strangers’ during two road rage incidents.

In court on Wednesday, Jackson faced ten felony counts for his alleged role in the shootings. Police say the first incident took place on July 25, 2017 just after 12:30 pm when Jackson was driving on Route 146 North near the 295 split in Lincoln. He is accused of operating a maroon-colored SUV aggressively and targeting a vehicle being driven by Robert Galgano, 54, of Sutton, Mass. Police say that Jackson fired three shots at Galgano’s vehicle; one bullet nearly hitting him.

The second alleged incident took place on October 28, 2017 on Route 6 East near Plainfield Pike in Providence. That’s when police say Jackson, driving the same maroon-colored SUV, fired five shots at a vehicle being driven by 24-year-old Jordan Viera of Warren, RI.

State police tell NBC 10 that incidents of road rage are actually becoming more prevalent.

“We get a lot of reports of incidents of road rage – not necessarily with firearms, but I know there has been an increase in road rage with firearms in the last few years,” said Capt. Derek Borek.

It’s still unknown what kind of engagement either of the drivers may have had with the suspect before shots were fired, but state police say it’s important not to engage anyone showing signs of road rage.

“We don’t want you to drive home. We don’t want you to drive to your place of business,” warns Capt. Borek. “We want you driving in different paths than you would normally go because we don’t want that individual to know where you work or where you live.”

Police say that a shooting incident in Pawtucket on March 2, 2018 led them to Jackson. Jackson and his ex-girlfriend’s boyfriend allegedly got in a fight near East Avenue and Clyde Street. That’s where police say Jackson fired a shot at the other man. Police were able to recover a firearm at the scene, and tests of spent shell casings from the shots fired into the two vehicles matched the firearm recovered at the Pawtucket scene.

Police say that Jackson did not have a license to carry a firearm, but did legally purchase the gun at a store in Glocester. He’s being held on $100,000 surety bail.

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