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Man in custody after double shooting in Lynn

LYNN (AP) -- A mother and her 17-year-old son were shot and seriously injured Wednesday in what authorities say is the second violent incident of road rage in Massachusetts in two days.

Greg Umphrey and his mother, Linda, 52, of Lynn, were shot after an altercation with another driver on the Lynnway, police said.

William Green, 55, approached the Umphrey's car after it stopped and fired shots into the passenger side, said Lt. David Brown.

Green then fled in his 2005 Subaru Forester, but was arrested about 30 minutes later after police spotted his car on Route 1 in Peabody.

Brown said Greg Umphrey took down Green's license plate and was able to give it to police when they arrived on the scene of the shooting near 95 Nahant St.

The first officer to arrive found Greg Umphrey and his mother outside of their car, bleeding from gunshot wounds, Brown said.

The pair were listed in fair condition at Massachusetts General Hospital late Wednesday. Police say Linda Umphrey was shot in the shoulder area, while her son was shot in the back.

Brown said police were interviewing the Umphreys and witnesses to determine what sparked the road rage.

"It's very frustrating," Brown said. "If people could just take three seconds and just take a deep breath."

Green was charged with two counts of armed assault with intent to murder, two counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, and discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling. He is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday in Lynn District Court.

Police said Green is licensed to carry a firearm. They would not say what kind of a gun was used in the shootings.

The incident marks the second time in as many days that a confrontation between drivers has resulted in violence.

On Tuesday, a 60-year-old man was arrested in Brockton after he allegedly shot and killed a young father who was lifting his infant daughter from his car. Walter Bishop pleaded innocent to first-degree murder in the killing of 27-year-old Sandro Andrade and was being held without bail.

"Don't engage people," said Brown. "If you have a problem, get on the cell phone, call police, take a license plate, but definitely do not engage people in a confrontation."
 
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