Motorist busted for shooting truck with paintball gun

Updated Apr 14, 2019

A trucker driving through Louisiana on Interstate-55 last week got a scare when a passing motorist pointed a gun out their passenger-side window and fired several shots at the tractor-trailer.

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Louisiana State Police say the weapon in question was a paintball gun, and it was fired by 20-year-old Nicholas V. Scott of Hammond. He was arrested shortly after the shooting and charged with aggravated assault and simple criminal damage to property.

The incident occurred at about 11 a.m. April 5 on I-55 in St. John the Baptist Parish, which is located just west of New Orleans along Lakes Pontchartrain and Maurepas. Troopers in a Facebook post said the unidentified trucker called to report he heard shots fired from a passing gray Ford Mustang and that his truck was struck.

The troopers found the gray Ford Mustang from which the shots had been fired on U.S. 51 near I-55. When stopped, troopers say they found a paintball gun in the car. Scott, a passenger in the Mustang, confessed to having fired the gun, according to the troopers.

No injuries were reported.