Gunman sought after motorcyclist shot while driving near Disney

Jessie Snell recovering after being shot through elbow

Published On: Jul 29 2013 11:01:07 PM EDT   Updated On: Jul 30 2013 11:48:06 AM EDT
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ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. -

Authorities are searching for the gunman who opened fire along a busy road near Disney, shooting one motorcyclist as he tried to get onto Interstate 4.

The shooting happened early Sunday morning just after midnight after Jessie Snell was on his way home from his job at Disney. Snell was released from the hospital Monday afternoon and is recovering at home after a bullet pierced his arm.

"It went through right below my elbow. It crossed all the way through and then got wedged in between my wrist," said Snell, who still can't understand how it happened and why. "The last thing I would have thought is I could drive my motorcycle down the highway and just get shot randomly. It's just unbelievable."

The 23-year-old old was on the ramp to get onto I-4 when it happened.

"That's when I just heard a loud pop," he said. "I thought my engine blew up or some debris hit me on the road."

He looked down, saw blisters growing on his left arm, pulled off the road and called for help. But even then, he had no idea he had been shot. In fact, no one knew until doctors looked at the x-ray and discovered the bullet.

He's lucky. Doctors told him he'll recover without any lasting damage. But Snell fears what could have happened.

"It could have hit anyone. It could have gone through a car, hit a small child, and they might not have been as fortunate as me," said Snell.

Now, he has only one message for the shooter.

"I hope justice is served," said Snell.

Troopers said the incident does not appear to be a case of road-rage because Snell said he never noticed any other drivers that seemed to be angry. 

Investigators with the Orange County Sheriff's Office plan to examine the bullet removed from his arm, in hopes of catching the shooter, Snell explained.