911 calls released in pellet shootings on I-295
Troopers report 3 car-to-car shootings earlier this month
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – More than a week after a Chevrolet Aveo was involved in a rollover crash after troopers said it was shot at on I-295 near Philips Highway, News4Jax has obtained the frantic 911 calls from that and two other pellet gun shootings.
The Florida Highway Patrol confirmed that shots fired at three vehicles in separate incidents on May 14 were from a pellet gun.
No one was badly hurt in the shootings, but the four victims in the Aveo suffered minor injuries.
Police said someone in an unknown vehicle fired several shots from the passenger side and struck the driver's side of the Aveo at 10:28 p.m.
The driver of the Aveo, a 27-year-old man from St. Augustine, ran his vehicle off the road and onto the shoulder to avoid the gunfire. His vehicle struck a light pole and flipped several times. He had three passengers with him, a 22-year-old man, a 27-year-old woman and a 27-year-old man.
The woman in the car called 911 to report the crash.
"We have an emergency," she told the operator. "We're off of the -- we don't even know where we are -- somebody shot at our car! Is everyone fine? Our car is totaled.
An officer saw the crash and quickly responded to the scene.
Troopers said the pellets never penetrated the windows of the victim's car and no pellets were found.
Earlier that night, a Chevrolet Trailblazer and a Toyota Sienna were shot at in the area of I-295, near Gate Parkway, the FHP said.
Officials told News4Jax the shots may have been fired from the same vehicle in all three incidents.
Anyone with any information about the shooter's vehicle is asked to contact the Florida Highway Patrol at 904-695-4115.
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