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Road rage victim says he followed shooter

Driver shot at after honking horn

11pm Road Rage Victim Speaks
11pm Road Rage Victim Speaks

OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. – Osceola County sheriff's detectives are looking for three men involved in a possible road rage incident Monday evening.

It happened as David Maharajh was heading home from work. He told Local 6 he was on Old Tampa Highway turning onto Orange Blossom Trail in Kissimmee when he blew his horn at a gold 1996 Toyota Camry that was stopped at a stop sign but was not moving. He said he honked to let them know he was going around them.

"They didn't attempt to move. I went around them, made a right and they started taking off after me," Maharajh said. "They started speeding up and I looked at my mirror and the guy is giving me the (bird)."

Maharajh said he didn't think much until the passenger in the front seat flashed a gun.

Maharajh turned onto Osceola Polk Line Road and drove westbound. As he was approaching the railroad tracks, he heard what sounded like a gunshot. He continued driving in the area of 21 Palms Mobile Home Park and saw the passenger fire two more rounds, one which struck his car.

"It wasn't the first, it wasn't the second, it was third one that hit the car," said Maharajh.

He said when bullets went flying and tempers went flaring.

"I'm not going to let them shoot at people and get away, this isn't the old Wild West," said Maharajh.

He told Local 6 he followed the Camry in an effort to get its license plate number. He eventually arrived home with a partial tag, a terrifying story and a bullet hole in his car.

"If they didn't hit my car, I would just let it be. You hit my car, it's a different story," said Maharajh.

The victim told deputies three suspects were in the vehicle. He described them as thin built, Hispanic males in their 20-30s. The vehicle is described as a gold Toyota Camry.

Maharajh said at the time, there was regular evening traffic, so there were several witnesses to the shooting. He is hoping someone comes forward to help identify the men.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Osceola County Sheriff's Office at 407-348-2222 or Crimeline at 800-423-TIPS (8477).

Calls made to Crimeline remain anonymous, and tips that lead to the felony arrest of suspects and/or the recovery of stolen property and drugs are eligible for cash rewards of up to $1,000.