Man accused in fatal road rage shooting detained at Cherry Blossom Festival for open carrying

A man accused of shooting another man to death Tuesday in Macon was detained earlier this year for bringing a gun to the Cherry Blossom Festival.

Deputies placed William Hollingsworth and his family in handcuffs because they were openly carrying guns in Central City Park during the festival.

Deputies said Hollingsworth and his cousin were passing a gun between themselves at the festival and had permits to carry, so they were released. 

The festival then put up signs saying 'No Guns Allowed.'

Hollingsworth, according to the Bibb County Sheriff's Office, shot and killed Randy Epps, 58, Tuesday on Eisenhower Parkway.

According to Bibb County Lt. Randy Gonzalez the case of "road rage" is still under investigation..

Gonzalez said Epps was tailgating a white challenger driven by Hollingsworth on Eisenhower Parkway. Epps reportedly got out of his car to grab something out of his trunk at an intersection.

He says the two cars continued down Eisenhower to the Bloomfield road intersection.

Gonzalez says that's where the two drivers exchanged words and Epps pointed his gun at Hollingsworth.. threatening him.'

Hollingsworth then fired several shots killing Epps, according to the sheriff's office.


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