BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. (WSVN) – Detectives are asking the public to be on the lookout for a small gray SUV involved in two shooting scenes on Interstate 95, one of which left a driver dead.
The Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office is reporting that witnesses saw a man in that suspect SUV fire shots from the passenger seat after two cars were found bullet riddled on I-95, sometime around 11:30 a.m., Wednesday.
Boynton Beach Police found a driver shot in a crashed white SUV, which had several bullet holes in it, on I-95, near Gateway Boulevard, in Boynton Beach, Wednesday afternoon. He was transported to a local hospital where he later died.
According to the PBSO, Florida Highway Patrol officers responded simultaneously to another car struck by bullets on I-95, just north of Lantana Road. Though there was no reports of an injury at that scene.
BBPD then responded to FHP’s scene, and investigators determined that the two cars were targeted by the same shooter.
PBSO detectives from the Violent Crimes Division are now investigating.
One of the passengers from the car found at the Lantana Road scene described the ordeal, which left her so shaken that she wished to remain anonymous. The woman was attempting to follow the car with the shooter after it crashed into her and then took off. As she followed the car, someone inside started shooting at her.
“It was just like firecrackers,” she said in a disguised voice. “We didn’t know they were shooting until the bullet actually hit the car. The first couple of bullets missed the car. That’s when they shot the front of the car, the windshield, the tires.”
The intersection of I-95 and Gateway Blvd. was closed as authorities conducted their investigation for several hours. They have since reopened to traffic.
The suspect shooter is described as a dark skinned black male with short or pulled back hair and a thin build. The suspect driver was only described as a black male.
At this point, it remains unclear if the shootings were a result of road rage. However, the victim’s death marks the second dangerous day on South Florida roads this week.
Tuesday afternoon, one man was taken in for questioning and another taken to the hospital after shots were fired on the Northwest 12th Avenue bridge in Miami. Surveillance video showed two vehicles involved in a violent confrontation, moments before you see an ambulance arrive on scene.
A police source told 7 News, one man got out of his truck holding what looked like a long screwdriver, and as he approached the second vehicle, that driver grabbed a gun and fired.
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Meanwhile, back in Boynton Beach, authorities have not yet released the identity of the man who was killed until his family has been notified.
If you have any information on these incidents or may have been driving in that area between 11:20 and 11:40 a.m., call Palm Beach Crime Stoppers at 1-800-458-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a reward.
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