NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) - Police are investigating a road rage shooting that left one woman injured Thursday evening.

Police say around 5:30 p.m., a car leaving CMA Fest got onto I-24 West from Shelby Avenue. Police say the suspect's vehicle was stopped on Spring Street, and a got into verbal altercation with the victims.  

The victims told police that they drove away onto I-24, followed by the suspect's vehicle, who apparently went ahead of them, stopping at an exit, where someone in the other car fired a shot into the passenger side of the victim's car, hitting a woman in the leg.

The driver got off the highway and pulled onto Spring St. The victim was transported to the hospital. Her injuries are not life-threatening.

Justin Rhodes

Justin Rhodes

The driver who was with the woman remained on scene, and he was arrested for driving under the influence. The man, 36-year-old Justin Rhoades, reportedly had red watery eyes, an odor of alcohol on his breath, and was unsteady on his feet. Arrest records say Rhoades needed help getting up from a crouch position on the sidewalk and he declined to perform a field sobriety test. He's charged with DUI and implied consent.

Police say the Rhoades and the woman who was shot, reportedly his girlfriend, are both from out of town.

Police are describing it as a road rage incident. The shooter's car fled the scene. Police are on the lookout for a gray SUV, possibly a Nissan.

“You don't know who the people are in front of you. They may be armed, they may get mad at the flip of a hat,” Bob Allen, a former metro police officer, said.

He added to avoid ticking someone off in the first place, just pay attention. Don’t tailgate, don’t stall at red lights, and if someone gets upset anyway, don’t engage.

“If they want to stop and get out of the car, drive around them,” Allen said “Make your car go in the other direction.”

Police are asking anyone who saw or has dash cam video of the incident to call police at 615-862-8600.

This is a developing story. Stay with News4 for details.

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