Broken Arrow Police Investigate After Father, Daughter Report Road Rage Shooting


Friday, September 4th 2020, 9:12 pm
By: Chinh Doan


BROKEN ARROW, Okla. -

A dad and his teenage daughter said a shotgun blast barely missed them while they were in their pickup, going down a road in Broken Arrow.

Broken Arrow investigators admit it’s been tough trying to track down the shooter, but they’re not giving up. If caught, that person could be charged with assault with a deadly weapon or even shooting with intent to kill.

A father and daughter told police that someone fired a shotgun at them while they were driving in Broken Arrow.

“A couple of inches either way and who knows what would have happened,” Matthew Ragina said. “I just feel like God was obviously watching out for us.”

Matthew Ragina and 17-year-old Olivia said while on their way home last Saturday night, a driver in a dark-colored car got angry.

“Between Highway 169 and Garnett, this car pulled out in front of me from Texas Roadhouse and slammed on their brakes and I almost locked up, you know, hit my brakes and almost locked up my tires and hit my horns for a second,” Ragina said.

They said the shooting happened near 71st Street and 129th.

"Then, a few seconds later, I literally could start smelling gun powder, and I was like, 'OK, what's going on?' My daughter was starting to freak out, so I just did my best to remain calm for her sake,” Ragina said.

Ragina and his daughter made it home safely and opened their back-passenger door to find the place where shotgun pellets hit.

"The bullet patterns on the vehicle were really close to a window and a passenger compartment. It could have very easily killed someone,” Ragina said.

Broken Arrow Police Officer Chris Walker said surveillance video from a nearby gas station didn’t show a car matching the same description, so police hope someone watching can help.

The car is a dark blue four-door sedan, possibly a Hyundai or Toyota with white temporary tags and dark windows.

If you'll shoot at a stranger, I believe you'll shoot at anybody,” Walker said.

Ragina said while he’s forgiving the shooter, he also has a message for the person.

"It's just not worth it because you don't know who's in the car,” Ragina said. “It's another human life. Is that really worth it to you?"