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A truck driver is dead after Berkeley County deputies said he was shot as the result of a possible road rage incident Wednesday near Goose Creek.

Around 1:30 p.m., two vehicles — a red tractor-trailer and a silver or gray sedan — were involved in what authorities called an "aggressive driving incident" on U.S. Highway 52, said Carli Drayton, a spokeswoman for the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office.

The suspected road rage episode happened near Central Avenue, north of the city. The driver of the sedan reportedly followed the truck to an area on U.S. 52 near the Strawberry railroad crossing and shot the truck driver, authorities said.

The sedan drove off after the shooting. 

Rodney Middleton, 49, whose hometown was not immediately released, was taken to an area hospital where he died.

No arrests have been announced.

Authorities are hoping to speak with motorists who drove past the scene between 1:20 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Anyone with any information about the shooting is asked to call to speak with a detective at 843-719-4412 or Crime Stoppers of the Lowcountry at 843-554-1111. 

Middleton's death is the sixth homicide investigated by the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office this year and the 22nd in the tri-county area, according to a Post and Courier database.

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Angie Jackson contributed to this story. Reach Michael Majchrowicz at 843-937-5591. Follow him on Twitter @mjmajchrowicz.

Michael Majchrowicz is a reporter covering crime and public safety. He previously wrote about courts for the Daily Hampshire Gazette in Northampton, Massachusetts. A Hoosier native, he graduated from Indiana University with a degree in journalism.

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