Deputies: Woman's car shot up in random shooting


PALATKA, Fla. – A random shooting on U.S. 17 north of Palatka on Monday left a woman's car riddled with bullet holes, according to the Putnam County Sheriff's Office.

The 47-year-old woman, whose name has not been released, was not injured.

Police said the woman was driving her car on U.S. 17 near East Oak Street north of Palatka around 6 p.m. Monday when she heard several popping sounds and the rear window of her car shattered. The victim immediately fled from the area and notified the Sheriff's Office.

Deputy Kagen Butts investigated and found the victim's car had numerous holes in the rear that appeared to be made by bullets. Butts was also able to recover one bullet from the rear of the vehicle.

A follow-up investigation by Detective Ricky Jones indicated that the shooting was random in nature and not specifically targeted at the Palatka woman.

At this point no suspects have been identified.

Anyone with any information regarding any gunshots in the area of U.S. 17 and East Oak Street are asked to contact Detective David Sanders at 386-326-2702, or if they wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-888-277-TIPS (8477).