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Motorcyclist shot in alleged road rage incident

Austin William McDonald

A motorcyclist was shot and wounded in the arm in an apparent road rage incident late Monday night on Highway 221 outside of the City of Laurens.

Deputies from the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office later located the two men alleged to have been involved after receiving descriptions of the men and their vehicle from the victim and another witness.

Taliaferro Cunningham, 21, of Ware Shoals and Austin William McDonald, 26, of Donalds were taken into custody and charged in the incident. McDonald is alleged to have been the shooter and is charged with attempted murder and possession of a weapon during a violent crime. Cunningham is charged with breach of peace of a high and aggravated nature.

The incident occurred around 11:20 p.m. as Garrett Madden, who also turned 24 Monday, of Laurens was driving his motorcycle home on Ekom Beach Road.

Taliaferro Cunningham

According to a Facebook post from Madden’s mother, Karen Madden, the two alleged assailants began “riding his bumper” after the victim passed them on Ekom Beach Road.

After stopping in the median on Highway 221 at Hot Spot, the pair cut him off and cursed him, the post read. In front of Stepping Stones Daycare, Garrett Madden felt something “in his arm and a burning sensation.”

As the vehicle passed the victim, a man waved a gun out the window, the victim reported.

Madden flagged down another motorist who called 911. He was transported by EMS to Self Memorial Hospital in Greenwood and is expected to undergo surgery Wednesday.


  1. pete on October 16, 2019 at 8:49 am

    it’s freaking shame people like this have absolutely no regard for human life what is the point of going after someone for passing you?? Both the driver and the shooter should be charged with attempted murder. The driver tailgated the biker?? that in and of itself should be attempted murder not to mention the fact it was HE that gave the shooter the opportunity to take the shot. Both of these losers should NEVER be let out into society again

  2. Patricia T Mann on October 16, 2019 at 1:49 pm

    I know Garrett. He is My brother in laws great nephew & was minding his own business. These 2 road rage thugs need to be charged with murder & license removed! 🙄

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