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Road rage confrontation gets out of hand on San Diego roadways

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - San Diego police Thursday are investigating a case of road rage near a local freeway.

Though the details are still developing, San Diego police responded quickly to reports of a driver with a gun on Clairemont Drive and Interstate 5.

"There was some sort of traffic altercation and then the suspect brandished some sort of firearm," Lt. Mark Hanten said.

It's not confirmed at this point whether it came from the suspect's gun, but responding officers did find an Airsoft pellet at the scene. They're made of plastic and just slightly larger than a BB. The suspect and the victim reportedly continued south on Interstate 5.

"He did follow him for a little ways to try and get a license plate," Hanten said.

The victim drove to his work near the 3500 block of Sports Arena Boulevard. While he didn't want to speak to the media, police scoured over his truck looking for any evidence from the possible shooting incident.

Hanten and several other officers made their way to house in a military housing area off Belknap Way and History Decatur Road, checking on information of a possible suspect in the case, but no one was at the home.

"The detectives will continue the investigation and try and identify the suspect and get to the bottom of it," Hanten said.

Meanwhile, Lt Hanten says this is an incident that never should have gotten out of hand.

In this situation and a lot of them we see, people continue to escalate it way past what they intend to," he said.

Hanten adds that everyone makes mistakes while driving and has this to say if someone tries to get under your skin while you're behind the wheel:

"Just avoid the contact all together, first of all don't get yourself in that position where you have to get that last word or gesture in," he said.

Hanten tells News 8 that road rage is an issue all over the place and that getting in a fight with someone isn't worth it. He also says while the victim was able to follow the suspect to get a license plate, it's not recommended to do that as the chase could make things worse.

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