Pottstown man arrested in road rage shooting on Route 100

POTTSTOWN, Pa. - A Montgomery County man has been arrested on charges of aggravated assault and simple assault in connection with a road rage shooting in September.

Christopher Cossel, 31, of Pottstown, was arraigned Thursday and committed to the Montgomery County Correctional Facility on $99,000 bail.

Police were dispatched to the road rage incident on Route 100 in Berks and Montgomery counties on the morning of September 22.

An investigation revealed two vehicles had their first encounter near North State Street in Upper Pottsgrove Township, according to police documents.

After the encounter, police said Cossel drove his vehicle onto the right-hand shoulder and maneuvered in an attempt to broadside the victim's car. The victim, however, managed to avoid the crash.

Farther up Route 100, both vehicles were stopped at Township Line Road in Colebrookdale Township, Berks County. During that stop, police said Cossel got out of his vehicle and fired a minimum of one shot from a semi-automatic weapon toward the victim and his vehicle.

Cossel's preliminary hearing is scheduled for November 30.

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