Rifle-wielding man arrested after shots fired at passing cars; 1 injured

HOLLYWOOD, FLA. (WSVN) - Police have taken a man into custody after, they said, he opened fire at passing cars in the middle of a Hollywood neighborhood, Saturday morning.

Hollywood Police responded in force after receiving calls about a man firing a rifle at passing vehicles near 64th Avenue and Garfield Street, just before 10:15 a.m.

Officials said one man was shot, and two vehicles were hit by the bullets.

The chaos triggered a single car accident that left one driver with serious injuries after, police said, he was shot in the back of the head. He was taken to Memorial Regional Hospital where he remains in critical condition.

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Witness Steve Apakian said he couldn’t believe what was happening. “You don’t think it’s a gun. You see the guy pick something up and he’s pulling the trigger, and you hear, ‘pop, pop, pop’ noise, and at that time you’ve got to make a quick decision,” he said.

Police said the man, later identified as 40-year-old Carl Deshon Washington, tried to hide in a nearby house but was eventually apprehended. Officers recovered the rifle.

Washington has been charged with multiple counts of attempted premeditated murder. Investigators have not specified a motive for his actions.

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