July 22, 2021 By Michael Dorgan
Police have arrested and charged a man for attempted murder after he allegedly shot a fellow motorist in the stomach during a road-rage incident in Woodside last week.
Champ Richardson, 36, was nabbed by police Tuesday for blasting a 32-year-old man in the belly while arguing with his victim at a traffic light at Queens Boulevard and 65th Pl. on July 15.
Richardson, 36, had gotten into a heated argument with the victim at around 7:30 p.m. and was sitting in the driver’s seat of a gray-colored Nissan Altima at the stop when the victim got out of his vehicle and punched Richardson through the driver’s side window that was lowered, police said.
In retaliation, Richardson got out of his Nissan with a gun and shot the victim in the stomach, police said. The shooter then allegedly fled the scene in his Nissan, cops said.
The victim, who had been driving a Chevrolet HHR, was transported to Elmhurst Hospital by EMS and is expected to survive.
Richardson also faces assault and weapons possession charges.
Police said it is unclear what sparked the argument that led to the shooting.