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Jacksonville police looking for driver in interstate shootout Wednesday morning

It happened just before 1 a.m. on the way into Orange Park just before the Roosevelt exit.
It happened just before 1 a.m. on the way into Orange Park just before the Roosevelt exit.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Police officers are looking for a driver who sped away from the scene of a highway shootout Wednesday morning.

The incident report, obtained by News4ax, suggests the exchange of gunfire between the two cars was not random.

Sgt. Michael Wong with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office said police received a 911 call from a person who said they were being shot at on I-295 near Roosevelt Boulevard at around 12:40 a.m.

When police arrived, they learned occupants in separate vehicles were shooting at each other while traveling north on the interstate, according to Wong.

When officers found one of the cars involved that stopped near the Roosevelt Boulevard off-ramp, the driver first said someone in an unknown car fired at her and her friend for reasons unknown.

Police found blood in the car, and spent shell casings, and asked the woman if she could explain that. The woman then admitted that two men who had been in the car fled on foot before police arrived, and she believed one of them had been shot. That person showed up later at Orange Park Medical Center with life-threatening gunshot wounds.

Another driver sped away from the scene and police are searching for them.

Wong said a third vehicle, not connected to the shootout, was hit by gunfire, but the shots did not hurt anyone inside.

A roadblock was in place on I-295 northbound at Roosevelt Boulevard but reopened several hours later.

Police alerted the JSO Gang Unit to the shooting.


About the Author:

Ashley Harding joined the Channel 4 news team in March 2013 and reports every weekday for The Morning Show.