Man injured in apparent road-rage shooting on I-295

Jacksonville police searching for newer-model Cadillac

By Corley Peel - Reporter

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A man was injured in an apparent road-rage shooting late Thursday afternoon on a highway on Jacksonville's Westside, authorities said. 

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said it happened about 4:15 p.m. during a dispute between two drivers on Interstate 295 near the off-ramp to Normandy Boulevard.

According to police, a man driving north on I-295 was shot in the back by a man traveling behind him in a newer-model gray or silver Cadillac.

Police said the man in Cadillac fired a single shot, and the bullet went through the trunk of the other man's car and through the driver's seat before hitting the driver in the back.

The victim was able to pull off at the Normandy Boulevard Exit and then was taken to UF Health with non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

The Florida Highway Patrol described the incident as an apparent road-rage shooting. 

Detectives said they're searching for the shooter and the Cadillac. It's unclear if the two drivers knew each other. 

"I hope that they catch him. I hope that they will report anything that they saw and catch him and get him off the road," Jacksonville resident Rhonda Moses said.

No other drivers were injured and all lanes of I-295 remained opened. But some drivers, including Elexis Davis, were forced to take a detour during rush hour after police blocked off the exit ramp while they investigated the shooting. 

"There's never really a shooting during rush hour traffic, but there's a ton of accidents that happen on a daily basis on 295," Davis said. “I hope that they get caught. It’s not something that they should be able to get away with.”

But Jacksonville commuters said road rage is common on busy I-295.

"You see people all the time -- they'll cut you off or, maybe, they're ... not paying attention. I mean, if you even look at them wrong, you could be taking your own life in your own hands," Moses said. "It's scary to be out there commuting."

Resident Glenn Walker added, "It's crazy. People cut you off. You got people honking their horns. So it's an everyday thing.

Davis said she will keep an extra eye out in traffic after Thursday's shooting.

“I was always taught to drive for other people. So now that you may have to watch out for potential shootings, you definitely have to drive for other people," she said.

Anyone with information is asked to call JSO at 904-630-0500. To remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS.

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