A person was shot in the stomach and wounded while driving on Florida’s Turnpike on Friday evening when another car’s occupant fired into their vehicle. The incident occurred near the West Palm Beach Service Plaza, and the victim was taken to Delray Medical Center for treatment.
Details of the shooting
According to the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), the victim’s car had four occupants and was traveling south on the turnpike around 7:56 p.m. on Friday when another car attempted to merge into their lane. The suspect’s vehicle then pulled alongside the victim’s car on the passenger’s side and fired several rounds into it, hitting the driver in the abdomen.
After being shot, the driver continued to drive south until reaching the overpass of Yamato Road in western Boca Raton, where they were assisted by troopers. The victim was then taken to Delray Medical Center for treatment.
Updates on the driver’s condition
The victim’s driver is in stable condition after undergoing surgery that revealed no organs were punctured by the bullet, according to FHP. Three occupants in the victim’s vehicle provided sworn recorded interviews in Spanish, troopers said.
Further information on the shooting
Troopers have a description of the shooter’s vehicle but have not disclosed any further information about the incident, including the victim’s name, age, or gender. The motive behind the shooting is also unknown at this time.
This incident highlights the dangers of driving on the highway and the importance of staying vigilant while behind the wheel. Anyone with information about the shooting is encouraged to contact FHP.