Road rage incident leads to shots fired in Littleton

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LITTLETON, Colo. -- Southbound Santa Fe Drive was closed for 90 minutes on Thursday morning for a possible road rage incident that involved shots fired, the Littleton Police Department said.

Police responded on a report of shots fired on Santa Fe near West Belleview Avenue just after 5 a.m.

Several shots were fired at a vehicle, resulting in damage but no injuries, police said.

"Where the bullets hit her car, it could’ve been a matter of inches and we would’ve been investigating a homicide instead of a shooting," Littleton police Cmdr. Trent Cooper said.

Several law enforcement officers were in the area investigating. Officers were seen with flashlights sweeping Santa Fe, searching for evidence.

Santa Fe was closed between West Union Avenue and West Belleview Avenue from about 5:30 a.m. until just before 7 a.m.

Police said they are looking for an older, dark-colored Volkswagen sedan, possibly a Jetta or Passat. No license plate was available.

There were at least three suspects in the vehicle, with a female in the front passenger seat, police said.

"As the roads get more congested around Denver here, these types of road range incidents are just going to become more frequent and we don’t want people getting hurt out there," Cooper said.

Reports of road rage and aggressive driving in Colorado and across the country are increasing.

In 2016, Colorado State Patrol troopers received more than 65,000 calls about road rage. That number was the highest in seven years.

Also, The Trace, a nonprofit news organization that covers gun issues, reports that in 2016 there were 620 road rage incidents that involved guns -- more than twice as many as 2014.

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