“It’s useless to open fire on another vehicle,” he said. “You will be cut off from traffic in Houston. I don’t care who you are. But if it happens to you, keep going.
Chris Dantzler, 51, has been identified as the man who was shot when deputies said someone in another car began shooting at the vehicle on Highway 249.
The driver of the car, who wishes to remain anonymous, spoke to ABC13. He, Dantzler and another person pulled out of a recycling center and attempted to avoid traffic on the Grand Parkway before parking another driver on the Spring Cypress.
“They made it clear they were upset and honked the horn hard,” the driver said.
As he continued down Highway 249, he realized the car he was intercepting was following him.
“I wasn’t looking at or aware of the person I cut off on the road, and as I got onto the freeway I realized it’s the same car throwing bottles at me,” he said.
The shooter was in a silver Chevrolet Malibu with tinted windows, according to the driver. He said the car pulled up next to him on the freeway and a young woman wearing sunglasses in the passenger seat started throwing water bottles at his car.
“In the beginning it was instinct, it’s my property, so I drove alongside them,” said the driver. “I pulled up, said, why are you throwing bottles at my vehicle, then a shot was fired.”
“I still blame myself. I could have just backed away. It was just bottles thrown at my car.”
The shooter fired at least three times, according to the sheriff’s office. The third person in the car screamed and yelled for Dantzler, who was slumped in the back seat. They stopped at a gas station on Tomball Parkway and called 911.
“At that point, I freak out and try to get out of the way,” he said. “We have no firearms. I slowed down, they stopped, I accelerated and they accelerated. I try to stay right behind the car, in front of the car. More shots were fired as we got to a certain point where I tried to stop and exit to get out of the way.”
The driver said he regrets ever interacting with the people in the other car. He had not expected that the exchange would result in the death of his close friend.
Dantzler will be remembered by his loved ones for his big heart and leaves behind a wife, two children and a stepdaughter.
“He had a good heart and helped everyone,” said Michelle Dantzler, his wife. “It’s heartbreaking. He was my backbone. When you see one, you see the other. I am lost. I’m just here.”
Dantzler’s wife said she doesn’t blame her husband’s friends for what led to the shooting because she says it’s not an excuse to shoot anyone.
“People interrupt me all the time. It’s just pointless,” she said.
Anyone with information regarding the investigation is asked to contact the Harris County Sheriff’s Office or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS (8477).
“If anyone knows anything please tell because it could easily have been your husband, your boyfriend, your girlfriend. It could easily have been her.”
The family has set up a GoFundMe for anyone who would like to donate.
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