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Texas man shoots cyclist from car to ‘blow off steam,’ police say

June 17, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Texas man shoots cyclist from car to ‘blow off steam,’ police say

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A 19-year-old man from Texas is accused of aggravated assault for reportedly opening fire with a shotgun at a cyclist from a vehicle so he could “blow off steam.”

Merrick David Isaacks was taken into custody this week after an investigation originating from a June 7th incident in Austin, according to Fox 4 News.

Police responded to a report of shots fired around midnight that evening and discovered a victim with an injury to his back, shoulder, and head after he was hit by what seemed to be a blast from a shotgun.

According to Fox4, the victim, who has been identified as Alonso Solis-Mata, was rushed to the hospital where doctors discovered pellets from the shotgun inside of his brain stem.

During the investigation, police linked the shooting to another aggravated assault case. A witness said that Isaacks threatened him with a shotgun to drive around to help him “blow off steam” and that he wished to “shoot or kill someone.”

The driver told authorities that he attempted to convince Isaacks not to shoot, but the 19-year-old ignored him. He indicated that Isaacks “turned his body toward the passenger side door and lifted the shotgun as if he was aiming at something and fired one shot.”

The witness told authorities that it was the same time and date that Solis was shot, noting that he believed Isaacks had shot at the cyclist.

After the incident, Isaacks shot his gun several more times into the air while driving.

The man has been charged with two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and remains in custody on $250,000 bail.

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