I-4 rest stop shooting mystery solved: It was a cover up, deputies say

Seminole County sheriff's deputies say charges pending against man

By Daniel Dahm - Digital Manager

LONGWOOD, Fla. - A man claimed someone shot him at an I-4 rest stop early Wednesday after he accidentally fired his gun inside his vehicle, deputies said.

The shooting was reported around 3 a.m. in the westbound rest stop along I-4 near State Road 434 in Longwood.

The Seminole County Sheriff's Office tweeted that the man suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

Deputies said the man initially claimed someone had shot him, but it was later learned that the man accidentally fired his own weapon and then shot up his car to make it appear like someone else opened fire.

The man faces charges of making a false report and discharging a weapon.

No other details have been released.

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