Road rage fireworks, Family of 4 recovering after road rage shooting


Road rage fireworks, Family of 4 recovering after road rage shooting.

A Texas family has been hospitalized after a fiery shooting incident.

KTRK reports Jasmin Wolford, Reginald Smith, and their two young sons, Messiah, 2, and Bentley, 1, were driving down a Galveston road in July when deputies say 18-year-old Bayron Rivera shot at their car, igniting fireworks inside.

Rivera is now charged with four counts of aggravated assault. Investigators told KPRC the incident was a case of road rage.

Smith said he got into an argument with Rivera and the man followed him to a gas station. After the two exchanged words, Smith got into his vehicle to drive away. That’s when Rivera reportedly pulled out a rifle and opened fire. In the back of Smith’s car was $250 worth of fireworks.

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“I hear all of the explosions and in that moment you think, ‘Man, this is like stuff that’s happening in the movies,'” Smith said.

Smith recalled struggling to pull the 1-year-old from his seat.

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“I’m digging in there and I feel him touching me, screaming, screaming like, ‘Please help me, get me out of here,’ so, I’m like trying to calm him down in a fire, to a baby that’s burning,” he said.

The children were burned from head to toe.

“Yeah, that’s something that you’ll never forget,” Wolford said.

Good Samaritans rushed the family to the emergency room, where they were airlifted to Shriners Hospital. More than a month later, they are still there.

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“To go from like getting up and going, to not being able to take a step, to watch them struggle to do that, was very hard,” said Wolford.

The family said they are thankful for everything Shriners has done for them.

“Through the grace of God and through this hospital, they’re able to walk again,” said Wolford.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help the family medical expenses. More than $13,000 has been raised so far.


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