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KPD: Man shoots at car carrying baby

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Published: Mar. 16, 2018 at 4:41 PM EDT
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Two people were arrested after a bizarre chain of events following a car crash.

According to Knoxville police, a woman driving a PT Cruiser hit a Nissan Altima on Heiskell Avenue. Investigators said the driver of the PT Cruiser, identified as 18-year-old Ariawna Beason, became involved in an argument with the driver of the Nissan Altima, identified as 29-year-old Azeez Obitayo. Police said Beason started bumping Obitayo in the legs in an attempt to leave the scene.

Beason's passengers, Lataisha Hall and Jacques Mbitsweniman, said the cars did not collide with one another and Obitayo seemed to be making something out of nothing, refusing to leave them alone.

"We finally got around from him, cause he was standing in front of our car, and then he hopped on top of our car," Hall said.

Officers said Obitayo wound up on the hood of her car as Beason continued to try to drive away. Beason allegedly swerved back and forth to get Obitayo off her hood until she got to the intersection of North Central Street.

At that time, KPD said Obitayo jumped off her hood and shot out the PT Cruiser's tires with a .40-caliber handgun to prevent Beason from leaving again.

The safety of her 4-month-old son was at the top of Hall's mind, she said he was in the car with her. Mbitsweniman agreed, saying the moment Obitayo allegedly pulled the gun was a scary one.

"I thought he was about to shoot at us," Mbitsweniman said. "But he got off the car, and popped the first tire, popped the second tire, popped the third tire."

Beason then allegedly drove about 30 yards to an alley where she waited for KPD officers to arrive.

Obitayo was taken into custody on a reckless endangerment charge. The PT Cruiser's driver, Beason, was also arrested on charges of reckless endangerment, vehicular assault, leaving the scene of an accident, no driver’s license, violation of state registration law, and no insurance.

Obitayo had one passenger in his car, which was left at the original crash scene and subsequently struck by another vehicle.

Nobody was injured in any of the crashes or the shooting.