IONIA, Mich. (WOOD) - Two people died Wednesday night after shooting each other following an apparent road rage incident in Ionia.
"In follow up to yesterday's shooting, the two deceased men are James Pullum, 43, and Robert Taylor, 56, both of Ionia," according to the Ionia Department of Public Safety Facebook page Thursday morning.
The men were pronounced dead at Sparrow Ionia Hospital later in the evening.
The incident happened just before 7 p.m. in the parking lot of the Wood's Wonder Wand car wash, 426 S. Steele St. The men apparently got out of their vehicles and began arguing. Both men eventually took out their guns and opened fire.
Witnesses said they heard about seven or eight gunshots.
Ionia Department of Public Safety Director Troy Thomas told 24 Hour News 8 both men had valid concealed carry licenses.
"I think it's crazy that a small town has to have two people die," witness Allen Daggett, who arrived at the scene just as first responders did, said Wednesday night. "I feel sorry for the people that died. I feel sorry for the families and everyone's [who is] acquainted with them," he said.
Daggett told 24 Hour News 8 he saw a good Samaritan from a nearby business run to the scene to try to help. He said the man had to kick guns out of the way to begin CPR on the drivers.
"I watch [the first responders] pick one guy up and take him to the hospital," said Daggett. "[They] did CPR on the guy for 45 minutes and the guy I doubt was alive at the time."
At least one handgun remained in between the vehicles late Wednesday night as police investigated.
Another witness, who was at the Family Video across the street from the shooting, told 24 Hour News 8 she heard a sound like firecrackers and then screaming. She said emergency crews, including two ambulances, arrived a short time later.
A Michigan State Police mobile crime lab arrived around 11 p.m. at the scene, which was still very active.
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