Accident is actually shooting

Arrest made in road rage shooting

Update: 3:45 pm, 4/26/17, Wednesday 

SPRINGFIELD -- Police arrested one man for first degree murder in what is described as a road rage incident.

A 32-year old motorcyclist was shot dead about 8:30 pm, Tuesday, at Enos and Hill streets. Authorities initially responded for a vehicle-motorcycle accident.

When the victim was declared dead at the hospital, it was determined he'd been shot to dead.

27-year old Robert Pope, of Springfield, was arrested about 2 pm, Wednesday. He's also charged with unlawful use of a weapon and no FOID.

Officials say the shooting appears to be an isolated incident and was the result of one of the drivers being cut off in traffic. 

Original: 10:00 am, 4/26/17, Wednesday

SPRINGFIELD -- Police are investigating a murder which started as an accident between a motorcycle and vehicle. It happened about 8:30 pm, Tuesday, at Enos and Hill streets.

Officers responded to the scene for an accident. Witnesses reported seeing an "uplifted, red truck," fleeing the scene.

A 32-year old man, driving the motorcycle, was treated at the scene, then transported to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. It was later determined he sustained two gunshot wounds to his upper body. A spent shell casing was later found at the scene.

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