Minutes after a shooting early Friday morning in Columbia County, the suspect was killed in an all-terrain vehicle crash, the Florida Highway Patrol said.
According to troopers, the shooting suspect, identified as a 40-year-old Lake City man, was driving an ATV around 3:15 a.m. when he went off the roadway while traveling south on Southwest Mount Carmel Avenue near Southwest Pinemount Road, went into a ditch and collided with a concrete block. Following the collision, the ATV continued traveling into a wooded area, where the operator was thrown from the vehicle as it flipped multiple times.
The FHP news release shows the ATV operator died.
According to troopers, the shooting that the operator is suspected in happened about a mile away — in the area of U.S. Highway 90 and Northwest Turner Avenue — about 30 minutes before the deadly crash.
After FHP sent out its news release, the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office posted on Facebook, saying the shooting happened around 2:40 a.m. at a home on Southwest Richards Drive — near the intersection of U.S. Highway 90 and Northwest Turner Avenue. Deputies said a gun was fired into the home, and a person was grazed by a bullet and did not need medical treatment.
The Sheriff’s Office confirmed in a Facebook post that the suspect was believed to be driving a four-wheeler, however, it said it was working with FHP “to determine if the two incidents are related.”
The Highway Patrol is investigating the ATV crash, and the Sheriff’s Office is investigating the shooting.