Truck driver, 58, surrenders to police after opening fire at another vehicle with a .45-caliber pistol during a Trump car parade in Ohio
- Todd Crawford, 58, turned himself into authorities on Saturday in Hilliard, Ohio
- Crawford was charged with discharge of a firearm on or near premises
- Authorities said Crawford opened fire at a nearby vehicle with a .45-caliber pistol after getting into an argument with the driver
- Authorities speculated the argument may have sparked when one vehicle hit the other while driving in nearby lanes
- The incident happend during a pro-Trump car parade on I-270
Todd Crawford (pictured in mugshot) was charged with discharge of a firearm on or near a premises in Hilliard, Ohio
An Ohio man who was accused of opening fire at another driver during a Pro-Trump car parade on Saturday has turned himself him.
Todd Crawford, 58, of Homer, was charged with discharge of a firearm on or near a premises by the Hilliard Division of Police, per a statement obtained by NBC4i.
He was placed in the Franklin County Jail and will be arraigned on Tuesday in Franklin County Municipal Court.
‘Crawford was participating in a political demonstration when the incident took place,’ the statement read.
The incident occurred near the town of Hilliard shortly before 11 am as a cavalcade of Trump supporters drove along the I-270.
Crawford was driving his black Ford pickup truck when a semi-tractor trailer pulled up next to his vehicle and an argument ensued, the publication reports.
Then, Crawford pulled out a .45-caliber pistol and shot into the other person’s car.
Hilliard police confirmed that a gunman opened fire during a pro-Trump parade on I-270 on Saturday
Pictured: A participant in the Trump Parade on I-270 lets flags wave from their car to show support for President Donald Trump
‘The caller, who was driving a semi-truck with an attached trailer, reported another driver in a black Ford F-150 pick-up truck had fired a weapon toward his vehicle following an altercation between the two drivers,’ the release said, NBC41 reports.
Authorities said the argument might have sparked when one of the trucks hit the other while in nearby lanes.
Dublin Police took to Twitter shortly after the shooting, urging driver to exercise caution, saying emergency response crews were at the scene of a ‘traffic accident’.
A Trump supporter secured a Trump dummy to the back of their vehicle along with many flags during the I-270 Trump Parade
‘We looped around 270 three times and didn’t see any problems,’ parade organizer Mary Ann Walker told WCMH-TV.
‘I think we saw one accident, maybe a little fender bender off the side of the road. So that’s very surprising.
‘Hopefully, I wouldn’t think it was anybody in our group because everybody is so friendly and nice and I just don’t see that happening.’
Police on Saturday were searching for a gunman who opened fire during a Pro-Trump parade in Ohio on Saturday morning. The scene is pictured
One person at the Trump Parade waves placard with Trump’s face through the sunroof of their car
The incident comes just days after President Trump and Democratic Presidential nominee Joe Biden discussed instances of political violence currently plaguing political rallies and social justice protests.
This past summer, dozens of people were shot dead and injured as rival political groups clashed in the streets,
Saturday’s Pro-Trump parade consisted of hundreds of drivers who drove down the I-270 from Columbus.
Supporters were also seen gathering on overpasses, waving American flags as the cavalcade drove by.
One Twitter user shared video of the parade in process, writing: ‘Trump parade in Columbus, Ohio had THOUSANDS of trucks/cars/motorcycles show up!!! Landslide incoming.’
In New York City, people gathered near a Regal Cinema in Staten Island to pray for President Trump after his COVID-19 diagnosis on Friday
Scores of boats took to the waters of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where they held a ‘Make American Boats Great Again’ parade in the president’s honor
The Pro-Trump parade was just one of hundreds of events held across the country on Saturday – exactly one month out from the Presidential election.
Many of the gatherings took on a more somber tone following Friday’s revelation that the President had tested positive for COVID-19.
The Commander-in-chief is currently hospitalized at the Walter Reed Medical Center ‘out of an abundance of caution’.
A separate car parade took place in Wapakoneta, Ohio, while a boat parade to support the President took place in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Meanwhile, dozens of Republicans turned out to pray for the POTUS at an event in Staten Island, New York.
A small handful of President Trump supporters gathered outside of Walter Reed Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, to show support for him and send him well-wishes