Local Woman Shot In Road Rage Incident Demands Charges

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. — (March 26, 2014) “I told my boyfriend, ‘I got shot. Go to the hospital. Go to the hospital’,” said Michelle Foster, a shooting victim from Battle Creek.

Michelle still bears the scars of gunfire during what police described as a road rage incident.

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Michelle Foster, shooting victim

The former hole in her leg has a dark round scab on it, still evident even after two weeks.

“It hurts and it`s stopping me from doing the simplest things,” said Michelle. “I remember taking my hand and I lifted my leg up and was trying to hold it in because there was so much blood.”

It’s now difficult for the young mother of three to get around as she has to use a metal walker for the time being.

She said the nightmare began as she and her boyfriend, Michael McJunkin, noticed a strange car tailgating on the business loop off of I-94 on March 12, 2014.

Then, at a light near Hamlin and Division, she said the people in that car pulled up beside them.
Michelle said they were, “Flipping us off…. you could tell by lip syncing that they were swearing.”

She said both cars then turned different directions.

Unfortunately, as fate would have it, she said the cars met again at a different light near Calhoun and North Street.

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Gunshot wound two weeks later

Michelle said her boyfriend got out of the car to try to get a cell phone picture of the license plate of the other car when someone pulled a gun.

“That`s where we met up and they flashed the gun at us,” said Michelle.

She said Michael followed the car to try to get the plate number.

It pulled into Kellogg Community College and both cars stopped.

Before Michael could even get out, she claimed the man got out of the car first and started shooting.

“He`s laying on the ground on his stomach,” she said. “He`s on the ground with the passenger door open unloading on us.”

“Once I got shot, I lifted my leg up and there was just blood gushing all over the place,” said Michelle. “I’m looking at my son. I’m like, “Are you OK? because we`re still getting shot at too.”

“The guy’s out of his car, my son doesn`t know what to do,” said Michelle. “I think like the second or third shot went through my passenger door and hit me and I didn`t know what to do, tell my son to get up or get down or nothing.”

In total, she said around eight shots were fired into her Explorer, some as they drove away, one of those shots breaking out the back window of the family’s vehicle.

Michelle said she was worried her son was going to get hit in the head.

She said they fled to the emergency room nearby for treatment.

Michelle said they had no weapon and never touched the people in the other car, yet she says Micheal is charged with assault for allegedly using his car as a weapon.

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Michael McJunkin, shooting victim’s boyfriend

She said she is upset that she’s been left struggling with a hole in her leg and in her family life.

She feels the man who shot her should be the one facing charges.

“My boyfriend is in jail for nothing,” she said. “He`s about to lose everything. My son is traumatized over this.”

The prosecutor says that he can’t say much about the case at this time because police are still investigating the shooting.

He said it’s not clear yet whether there will be charges for the man who opened fire.

Calhoun County Prosecutor David Gilbert said the issue will hinge on whether the shooter was exercising lawful self-defense.

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17 comments

  • randy

    chasing strangers with your kid in the car? Theres obviously more than she wants to say. what were they going to tell the police? Heres a picture of people yelling at us, arrest them! She should be in jail too for road rage.

    • investigator

      Michelle turned to get away from them and they (SHOOTER) wanted to commit road rage so bad they went round a block at super fast speeds to meet them at another light. And pulled up next to them and waved a gun at them while they had 2 little kids in the car with the loaded gun. That is ten times more dangerous and harmful to those children. And she deserves media attention and I will make sure the shooter is put in prison. He is guilty and the prosecutor is wrongfully protecting him. Is he a friend of the prosecutor??? or a wealthy persons son. If I shot at an unarmed person and I hit a person in the car behind him. I deserve to go to prison. That is worse than that old meth charge that he paid his time for already. That's old news and this shooting is new news and a new prison term for the shooter. The police also took $3,000 which was Michelles tax check that she just cashed. And her shot up van is in the impound as evidence so now she cant pay her bills and she cant use her van. Michelle was 100% screwed over and is 100% the innocent one and her BF should be blamed for being gutsy to get the picture of the license plate. He never tried to hit anyone or hurt anyone. He is being misused by the system because he is a past felon and that is the only reason.

  • This person

    I totally agree. Chasing people with your kid in the car. Very responsible…. Obviously they were not thinking of her kid and were thinking about themself. Strange that someone just happen to be following you on the highway….hmmm…this doesn't happen to normal people but seems to happen to just the people with meth charges or other felony records. What is the real reason here? Another sad individual striving for media attention. Maybe this happened for a reason and Michelle isn't telling the whole story. We will see how this plays out.

    • Investigator

      Michelle turned to get away from them and they wanted to commit road rage so bad they went round a block at super fast speeds to meet them at another light. And pulled up next to them and waved a gun at them while they had 2 little kids in the car with the loaded gun. That is ten times more dangerous and harmful to those children. And she deserves media attention and I will make sure the shooter is put in prison. He is guilty and the prosecutor is wrongfully protecting him. Is he a friend of the prosecutor??? or a wealthy persons son. If I shot at an unarmed person and I hit a person in the car behind him. I deserve to go to prison. That is worse than that old meth charge that he paid his time for already.

  • Esco

    Her and her boyfriend should've stayed on course to their destination Obtaining a cellphone photo wasn't worth following someone around over this, neither is shooting at someone without being shot at first for that matter. The perfect storm kinda case here, I'll keep an eye on this one.
    Glad the kid is ok.

  • Yep

    No description of the shooter?
    She had plenty of opportunity to see the assailant(s)
    Why is it not included in the story ?
    Why is there no a public warning or plea for information ?

    Rhetorical questions….