On Wednesday evening, a man lost his life as a result of gunshots that struck him, causing his vehicle to crash on the northbound lane of I-95.
According to law enforcement, the car was fired upon while on I-95 close to the Trout River Bridge. The car subsequently collided with a stationary semi-truck at the road’s edge.
At present, there is no available description of the suspect’s vehicle. Authorities are actively working to ascertain whether the incident was driven by road rage or another motive.
The Medical Examiner’s Office is currently investigating whether the fatality resulted from the shooting or the subsequent crash.
Karey Gee witnessed the traffic buildup that evening and expressed concern about the incident occurring during daylight hours. He emphasized the potential danger, highlighting the possibility of unintended casualties had bullets ricocheted, resulting in a multi-car accident.
Sergeant Reed, representing the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, mentioned that preliminary witness statements suggest a potential connection between the suspect and the victim.
While the shooting is believed to be a targeted event rather than a random act, authorities are urging the public to remain vigilant about their surroundings.
During a press conference, Sgt. Reed underscored the importance of thorough evidence collection and justice in the face of the tragedy that befell someone’s loved one.
The shooting triggered substantial traffic congestion in the area, leading to hours of diversions from the interstate.
Karey Gee voiced a plea for an end to the cycle of violence, urging an end to these tragedies.
The vehicle that bore the impact of gunfire and subsequently crashed will undergo forensic examination for additional evidence. The exact cause of the man’s death will be determined by the Medical Examiner.
The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office noted the presence of cameras in the vicinity and their intention to access them to determine whether they hold valuable information or live feeds that could aid the investigation.
Authorities are appealing to anyone who was on the interstate during the shooting to come forward with any relevant information by calling 904-630-0500.