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Man, teenage girl shot in turnpike road rage incident, FHP says

FHP: Authorities searching for Toyota Camry

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CLERMONT, Fla. – Two people, including a teenage girl, were injured in a shooting Saturday morning that shut down a portion of Florida's Turnpike in Lake County, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

All southbound lanes of the turnpike were shut down before State Road 50 around 10:15 a.m., after a 37-year-old man and a 17-year-old girl, both from Miami, were shot by someone in a gray Toyota Camry, troopers said.

Florida Highway Patrol vehicles, Orange County firetrucks and crime scene tape could be seen in the area around 10:55 a.m. Orange County Sheriff's Office personnel were also at the scene.

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Both victims were taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center with gunshot wounds, officials said. Despite 12 shots being fired at their car, both victims avoided a direct hit from any bullets and are expected to be released from the hospital. Their names have not been released.

Troopers said the shooting was believed to have been a case of road rage and are reviewing surveillance video at tollbooths to identify the driver of the gray Camry. Authorities are still searching for the person in the Camry.

Lanes reopened just after 11:10 a.m., officials said.

Both victims are too upset and distraught to talk to troopers at this time. Anyone with information is urged to call Crimeline.

Troopers are advising all drivers to not engage in a road rage incident, because you don't know what the other driver has as far as weapons.


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