Trial underway for driver who shot at woman in road rage incident in Alexandria

Ernest Stickell (Frederick Detention Center)

The trial for a man accused of opening firing in a road rage last summer has begun at the Alexandria Circuit Court.

Ernest Stickell, 59, of Mechanicsville, Maryland, allegedly used the n-word and opened fire in a road rage incident on July 19, 2017.

The shooting happened at a stoplight in the intersection of Clermont and Eisenhower avenues in Alexandria after Stickell was confronted by a man and woman after they said they were repeatedly cut off by him.

Both the man and woman got out of their black Chevy Tahoe when the confrontation occurred.

In court Wednesday, prosecutors played the female victim’s 911 call from the incident.

"Please hurry, I've been shot... I’ve been shot in my neck and back,” she said.

Police said the woman was initially in critical condition following the shooting.

The woman's boyfriend – who managed to dodge the bullets – testified for more than an hour.

"I said, 'What the f--- is your problem?’” I watched him aim the gun directly at her head and pull the trigger. Before I could even take cover, he started firing."

“Everything happened so fast, like seconds."

During opening arguments, Stickell's legal team laid the foundation for a self-defense case, arguing their client didn't even know he had cut anyone off.

Stickell later turned himself in to Maryland State Police in Frederick, Maryland. He was charged with malicious wounding and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

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