A Memphis woman faces 10 felony charges for allegedly firing three shots at a Tennessee family’s SUV during an apparent road-rage incident on I-55 just north of Pevely, which left one of the passengers injured. The shooting happened at about 3 p.m. June 4, authorities reported.
A 32-year-old Lexington, Tenn., man who was sitting in the passenger seat of the 2017 Nissan Pathfinder that Fouche allegedly fired at was shot in the right hip.
The woman who allegedly fired the shots – Shanyka K. Fouche, 22, of Memphis – was sitting in the passenger seat of a 2014 Ford Fusion, according to authorities.
The man who was shot was treated and released at Mercy Hospital South in south St. Louis County, authorities reported.
A 31-year-old Lexington, Tenn., woman was driving the Pathfinder, and four children also were in the SUV. No injuries were reported for the woman, 2-year-old boy, 3-year-old boy, 8-year-old girl or 11-year-old boy, the probable-cause statement in the case said.
Fouche and a woman who was driving the Focus were arrested at about 3:45 p.m. June 4 after being stopped by Creve Coeur Police on northbound I-270 south of Olive Boulevard. Fouche’s 2-year-old child was in the car when it was stopped, the report said.
A black .380 Smith and Wesson gun was found in the Fusion, and Fouche allegedly told investigators she had fired three shots at the Pathfinder, the report said.
The woman who had been driving the Pathfinder reportedly told Pevely Police she was behind a tractor trailer on northbound I-55, and the Fusion was tailgating her for a long stretch on the interstate, Capt. Larry Miller said.
The Pathfinder driver said she slowed down to change lanes while crossing over Hwy. Z, and the Fusion changed lanes, too, and then while the two vehicles passed the tractor-trailer and the interstate widened to three lanes, Fouche allegedly shot at the Pathfinder, Miller said.
The three shots struck the Pathfinder, with one hitting the rear right tire, causing it to deflate, one round hitting the passenger-side door and another bullet going through the door and striking the man in the Fusion.
Thompson said the incident appeared to be the result of road rage, and investigators believe there may have been hand gestures exchanged between those in the two vehicles prior to the shooting.
On June 5, the Jefferson County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office charged Fouche with first-degree assault resulting in serious injury and unlawful use of a weapon – shooting from a motor vehicle resulting in injury, both class A felonies; first-degree attempted assault, a class B felony; five counts of first-degree endangering the welfare of a child, each one a class D felony; and two counts of armed criminal action, both unclassified felonies, court records show.
If convicted, Fouche could be sentenced to 10 to 30 years or life in prison for each of the class A felonies; between five to 15 years for the class B felony; up to seven years for each of the class D felonies; and three to 15 years for both of the unclassified felonies.
Fouche was being held without bail Monday (June 7) in the Jefferson County Jail, the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office said in a written statement.
Missouri State Highway Patrol Cpl. Dallas Thompson said no charges had been filed against the driver as of Monday, but the investigation, was ongoing and more charges might be sought.