19 cars damaged by gunfire on I-4, I-95 in Central Florida
Authorities search for silver SUV in connection with shootings
VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. – A total of 19 vehicles were damaged by gunfire Wednesday evening while traveling on two interstates from Seminole County to St. Augustine, according to officials from several law enforcement agencies.
Authorities said they received multiple reports of cars damaged by gunshots on eastbound I-4 and northbound I-95.
Officials said it appears the culprit used a BB or pellet gun to shoot up the vehicles.
All of these vehicles were hit by what the Sherriff’s Office thinks was a pellet gun. Sheriff’s investigating 10 vehicles shot, FHP is investing three, bring the total to 13 vehicles shot at along I-4 and I-95 this evening. No injuries. @news6wkmg pic.twitter.com/JtRu0GgUiN— Troy Campbell (@TCampbellNews6) January 2, 2020
“Witness accounts vary, including the suspect vehicle description. We will continue working (with) our partners in DeLand and Daytona (and) provide updates as they’re available in the future,” the Voluisa County Sheriff’s Office said in a tweet.
Initially, deputies said 13 vehicles were damaged but then on Thursday they raised that number to 15 after more victims came forward. A Florida Highway Patrol public information officer said Thursday afternoon that 15 vehicles were damaged in Volusia County, one was damaged in Seminole County and three were damaged in the St. Augustine area.
Troopers with the Florida Highway Patrol responded to the calls around 7 p.m. Wednesday, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
Authorities said they are searching for a silver SUV in connection with the shootings.
Updated damaged vehicle count is 10. Still, no injuries, and all damage appears consistent with BB/pellet gun.— Volusia Sheriff (@VolusiaSheriff) January 2, 2020
A man who asked not to be identified told News 6 he was driving home from Orlando to Jacksonville when his window was shot out on I-4.
Another vehicle was carrying a church group from Michigan.
Three cars struck by gunfire had out-of-state license plates and were SUVs full of people.
No injuries were reported.
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