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Truck Driver Charged With Firing on Cars on Interstate

June 20, 1994

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) _ Police dragged a 35-year-old truck driver out of a motel room past a crowd of jeering onlookers and charged him with being a sniper who shot at cars on Interstate 20.

Frank C. Sivori III was in jail today on $500,000 bond, charged with three counts of aggravated assault and one count of aggravated assault on a police officer. Police said he fired out his motel room window Sunday and hit at least four vehicles, including a squad car.

No injuries were reported in the shootings, which shut I-20 and the parallel U.S. 80 for more than an hour. The motive was unknown, police spokesman Lee Vance said.

A police SWAT team captured Sivori without incident Sunday evening at the Stonewall Jackson Motor Lodge, Assistant Police Chief Brady Coleman said. Investigators said they seized a Ruger 22-caliber semiautomatic rifle with a 30-round ammunition clip.

Sivori, identified as a driver for the Flowood-based KLLM Trucking Co., faces up to 90 years in prison and $5,000 in fines if convicted.

One bullet penetrated a window of a truck in which Mike Bates and Lana McCormack, both of Jackson, were riding as they returned from a Father’s Day outing. The bullet lodged in the headrest on the passenger side of the car, just inches from McCormack’s head.

″It scared me to death,″ said McCormack. ″I didn’t know what was happening.″

Another bullet shattered the back window of patrolman Richard Moore’s police car after he stopped on the shoulder of I-20 to investigate the gunfire.

″I thought I was shot,″ Moore said. ″I thought it would take my head off. I never thought they would shoot at police.″

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