Road rage shooting caps Georgia spring break chaos at Tybee Island
A man is accused of shooting at a car during a road rage incident as emergency services were stretched to a breaking point during this weekend’s spring break-like bash on Georgia’s Tybee Island.
An estimated 40,000 to 55,000 party-hungry historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) co-eds flocked to the three-square-mile island for Orange Crush Festival, which created havoc and gridlock on the roadways, particularly on Highway 80.
Late Saturday night, Adam Bauer, 38, was arrested and charged with six counts of aggravated assault after allegedly shooting at another car on Highway 80 near Ft. Pulaski, according to the Chatham County Police Department.
One victim suffered a non-life threatening gunshot wound and was rush to a local hospital, but the other five people in the car avoided injuries, according to police.
The Orange Crush Festival, which started in the late 1980s for HBCU students and alum, returned to Tybee Island, which was a Whites-only beach until the mid-1960s, after two years in Jacksonville, Florida.
However, the sheer volume of people that visited an island that has a population of about 3,000 stretched the area’s emergency services thin.
About 11,555 cars came to the barrier island Saturday, according to city estimates, and there were about a dozen car accidents along Highway 80, creating hours of gridlock.
However, the party seekers did not let bumper-to-bumper traffic slow the weekend-long event.
Tybee Island police did not immediately have a number of alleged crimes and complaints committed over the weekend, as of Tuesday morning, but Fox News Digital filed a public records request for the information.
Shannon Sharpe, an NFL Hall of Fame tight end with the Denver Broncos who went to Savannah State University, tweeted a video of a fight purportedly during this weekend’s festivities and said he was “EMBARRASSED” with three sad face emojis.
“I’m 1 of the original creators of ‘Orange Crush.’ I’m EMBARRASSED by this,” Sharpe tweeted on Monday.
I’m 1 of the original creators of “Orange Crush”. I’m EMBARRASSED by this 😔😔😟 https://t.co/dtAUXDTyfi
— shannon sharpe (@ShannonSharpe) April 24, 2023
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