DA on road rage incident: ‘We should have something soon’

By on July 15, 2015

Investigators have yet to disclose the details that led up to a bizarre road rage shooting in a restaurant parking lot on Newport Road two months ago.

While the investigation continues, Lancaster County District Attorney Craig Stedman said Tuesday that his office “would have something soon” on the May 9 incident in which two men in separate vehicles pulled into the Family Cupboard Restaurant & Buffet parking lot outside Lititz.

So far no one has been charged and police have not officially identified who was involved in the incident at 12 W. Newport Road.

However, the Lititz Record Express reported previously that Jim Mellinger, a 74-year-old Lititz area resident, allegedly shot Darrel Smith, 29, in the face with an unknown weapon that Mellinger was licensed to carry.

While Northern Lancaster County Regional Police have confirmed road rage led to the shooting, no explanation has been disseminated on the details of who was the aggressor or what may have occurred while the men were driving or after they pulled over.

Calls from the Lititz Record Express to Mellinger were not immediately returned and efforts to contact Smith have been unsuccessful.

At the time of the May 9 incident, Smith, a 2002 Warwick High School graduate, was traveling with at least one child in his vehicle. He was transported immediately by ambulance for facial surgery.

That ambulance was involved in an accident while transporting Smith for emergency surgery at Lancaster General Hospital.

NLCRPD Chief David Steffen had asked anyone with further information about the incident to call 733-0965.

Patrick Burns is a staff writer for the Lititz Record Express. He welcomes your questions and comments and can be reached at pburns.eph@lnpnews.com or at 721-4455.

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