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Georgia Man Angry Over Missing Air Show Opens Fire Into Traffic

In a bizarre story out of Rome, GA, a 73 year old man was arrested this past weekend after opening fire into traffic after being angry that he missed the Wings Over North Georgia Air Show.

In a story first reported by the local Rome News-Tribune, Jerome Benesh was jailed in Floyd County on two counts of aggravated assault, three counts of felony obstruction of an officer, one count of cruelty to children in the first degree, and two counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

The Blue Angels were the headline act at this past weekend’s Wings Over North Georgia Air Show. Photo: Mike Killian

“He thought it started at 5 p.m. but it was closing, and then he got stuck in traffic,” said Floyd police Capt. Chad Johnson. “We had multiple witnesses saying he was going in and out of traffic, firing off rounds.”

When confronted by police Benesh decided to try fleeing, but didn’t get far.

No injuries were reported, nor was any damage or bullet holes found on any of the roughly 100 vehicles on the road at the time Benesh threw his temper tantrum.

Over 80,000 spectators came out to the show Oct 21 and 22, the show’s largest crowd in six years.

He’s also facing many misdemeanor charges as well, including reckless conduct, reckless driving, and fleeing a law enforcement officer – among many others.

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Written by Mike Killian

Killian is an aerospace photographer and writer, with a primary focus on spaceflight and military and civilian aviation. Over the years his assignments have brought him onboard NASA's space shuttles, in clean rooms with spacecraft destined for other worlds, front row for launches of historic missions and on numerous civilian and military flight assignments.

When not working the California-native enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, storm chasing, producing time-lapses and shooting landscape and night sky imagery, as well as watching planes of course.