Saw this sad bit of news from my old home town. Road rage involving gunshot leads to assault charge against driver A 36-year-old Kansas City, Kan., man has been accused of firing a shot at another driver during a road rage incident in Gladstone. Eric A. Brandes was charged with first-degree assault and armed criminal action in the incident Saturday at Northeast 72nd Street and North Troost Avenue. The victim told police that he was driving on 72nd Street when he approached a white van that appeared to have heavy exhaust or smoke coming from the rear. The victim drove around the van, upsetting the driver. The driver then motioned for the victim to pull over. When the victim turned onto a side street, the van followed, police said. The victim stopped at a stop sign and noticed the driver of the van had gotten out and was pointing a gun. The victim heard a gunshot and sped off, driving to the police station, police said. Officers responding to the call found the van and when questioning the driver, he said that a vehicle had cut him off, upsetting him, police said. The driver then told police that he fired a shot. Police found a .45 caliber Ruger handgun inside the van and a spent shell casing at Northeast 71st Street and North Cherry Lane. Brandes was arrested and was being held in the Clay County jail on $300,000 bond.