Hollywood gunman faces judge after shooting at several vehicles

HOLLYWOOD, FLA. (WSVN) - A man has been arrested after he allegedly shot at passing vehicles in a South Florida neighborhood.

Forty-year-old Carl Washington stood before a judge, Sunday and faces five counts of attempted murder.

Police said Washington walked out of his Hollywood house Saturday with a .22-caliber rifle and a four-pack of beer. After he placed the beer on the ground, witnesses said he began to shoot. He allegedly aimed the rifle and shot at victim Steve Apakian.

“It’s really hard to believe that you’re seeing what you’re seeing,” Apakian said. “I mean, for him to turn and look at me, at that point, it was a matter of quick reflexes.”

Apakian said he bailed out of his car and ran away from the scene. “Lucky. It’s all I can say,” he said. “He missed me.”

Another man, who was afraid to show his face, said he was driving by the area in 64th Avenue and Garfield Street, Saturday morning, when he saw Washington aiming at him. He told 7News that he then drove as fast as he could. “I ducked,” he said, “and then I heard four shots hit the car.”

Bullets hit multiple cars, however, one bullet fired into a red pickup truck hit the driver, Reynaldo Corria, in the back of the head.

“He lost control and hit the tree,” said witness Jack Bermudez.

The impact of the crash broke both of Corria’s legs. He was found unconscious. He was later rushed to Memorial Regional Hospital where he continues to recover from his injuries.

Washington was put in handcuffs at the scene and taken to jail.

“I was very, very scared,” said the victim who asked to remain anonymous. “It makes you think twice when you go out again.”

Police continue to investigate for a motive.

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