DAVIE (CBSMiami) – It happened again. Another victim was injured while driving or sitting in a car on a South Florida highway.
The Florida Highway Patrol says one vehicle is shot on average a week on a South Florida highway and says there has been an increase in criminal activity, including such shootings, for six years. past month.
In the latest case, the FHP said it received word of the shooting around 4:45 a.m. They said the man was driving on the interstate when his Toyota sedan was hit by multiple bullets, one of which hit him in the back.
After being shot, he was able to pull over at a Tom Thumb gas station, in the 4600 block of SW 160 Avenue in Southwest Ranches, and contact police.
CBS4 was there as officers and crime scene technicians searched for evidence and studied the bullet holes in the man’s vehicle.
The man was taken to Memorial Regional Hospital where he underwent surgery and his condition is stable.
FHP is trying to determine what led to the shooting. They have no description of the shooter or the vehicle they were in.
Anyone with information is encouraged to contact FHP by dialing *347. You may also call Broward Crime Stoppers at (954) 493-TIPS (8477).
This latest shooting comes as FHP has kicked off Operation Safe Highway with its crime units guarding I-95 in Miami-Dade and Broward Conunties.
Most of these shootings happened during the overnight hours. On November 16, a 9-year-old was shot and taken to Kendall Regional Medical Center after his father’s gray Chrysler Sedan was shot multiple times on the Don Shula Expressway near Killian Parkway. Operation Safe Highways aims to stop crime and violence on the highways.
In this latest case, it’s unknown if the victim was the target or if it was random or a case of road rage.
CBS4 spoke with FHP Lieutenant Alex Camacho, who said, “Sometimes people are the target. Sometimes these are road rage incidents. In places where people are often targeted, it’s difficult to deal with these cases because we don’t always get the victim’s cooperation. We don’t always get the description we need to close a case and make an arrest.”
“In some cases of road rage, sometimes simply changing lanes can cause someone to lose their way,” Camacho said. Florida law allows anyone to legally have a weapon in their car, so as long as you’re over 18 and don’t have a felony conviction on file, you can legally have a weapon in your car and not need to. must hide. firearms license. ”
“That means a lot of people have weapons in their cars. That’s why we tell people not to clash with aggressive drivers.”
“Don’t confront aggressive behavior. Create distance between you and the aggressive driver. Get off the highway and call 911.”
“We have a shooting about once a week involving cars being hit,” he said.
“Most of the times they don’t hit the victim. These shootings are extremely dangerous because you have no control over the bullet and innocent people have been injured. People who have nothing to do with any shooter. A few years ago we had a case where a female driver was shot to death from her injuries.”
“I wouldn’t say there’s a trend in these shootings but there seems to be a trend in criminal activity.”
https://miami.cbslocal.com/2021/11/26/i-75-shooting-driver-injured/ At least one vehicle was shot at the S. Fla highway. Every week – CBS Miami