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Downers Grove

Man accused in road rage shooting pleads not guilty

DOWNERS GROVE – The man accused of shooting at another motorist in March during a road rage incident near Lisle pleaded not guilty to seven felony charges Thursday in DuPage County Court.

Vaughn Atkins, 42, of 1409 S. Blackhawk Circle, South Elgin, was released on $20,000 bond after pleading not guilty to two counts of aggravated discharge of a firearm, a Class X felony; three counts of reckless discharge of a firearm, a Class 4 felony; and two counts of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, a Class 4 felony, according to DuPage County State's Attorney's office spokesman Paul Darrah.

At 5:45 p.m. March 21 Illinois State Police were dispatched to a call of shots fired on southbound I-355 near Ogden Avenue.

The alleged victim, Michael Ingram, was reportedly traveling southbound on I-355, just north of Ogden Avenue. While driving, Ingram allegedly switched lanes, cutting off Atkins and forcing his vehicle on to the shoulder of the road.

Atkins is accused of then pulling his vehicle alongside the driver’s side of Ingram’s vehicle, pointing a handgun at Ingram and pulling the trigger, hitting Ingram’s vehicle in the driver’s side rear passenger door, according to DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin's office.

Following the alleged incident, Atkins allegedly exited the highway and sped away.

No one was injured in the alleged shooting.

An investigation into the shooting conducted by the Illinois State Police and the DuPage County state’s attorney’s office led authorities to Atkins. On March 24, Atkins was taken into custody from his South Elgin home without incident, according to DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin's office.

Atkins next scheduled court appearance is July 21.

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