More than a dozen vehicles driving on Interstate 4 and Interstate 95 were damaged Wednesday afternoon after apparently being shot at, according to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office.
As of Thursday morning, Sheriff’s Office spokesman Andrew Gant said 15 vehicles were affected, with damage “consistent with a BB gun or pellet gun,” while driving along the county’s two interstate highways. No injuries have been reported.
Eight vehicles were damaged while driving along Interstate 4, while seven were damaged along Interstate 95.
Several victims met a deputy at a RaceTrac gas station on Howland Boulevard in Deltona, just off of I-4, according to an incident report.
One victim said his 2009 BMW 528i was “struck by several unknown projectiles” on the interstate as it drove along in the right lane near mile marker 113, and the rear driver’s-side window suddenly “blew out.”
When the victim drove into the gas station to inspect the car, he found several dents that weren’t previously present, as well. The victim told deputies that when the window was initially damaged, there was a newer-model gold or tan SUV traveling next to his vehicle.
“[The victim] explained he did not hear any gunshots or see any muzzle flash, and believes the damage was caused by a BB or pellet gun,” the incident report reads.
Two other victims also pulled into the gas station, both of whom also had shattered windows. None of those involved were able to provide a description of a suspect, however.
One victim told deputies she was in the center lane of the expressway and did not notice any vehicles in her immediate area when three of her 2003 Chrysler Town & Country’s driver’s-side windows suddenly shattered.
The other victim said she heard several loud bangs, and initially believed debris struck her 2012 Honda Civic, but upon stopping several miles later, she discovered her driver’s-side rear window was shattered.
Deputies searched all three vehicles for projectiles, but were unable to find any, according to the incident report.
“The Sheriff’s Office investigation is active and ongoing, along with the active investigation by Florida Highway Patrol’s Jacksonville division,” Gant said. “Anyone with information about the incidents in Volusia County is asked to call Detective Pullin at 386-860-7030, or call the Sheriff’s Office non-emergency line at 386-248-1777.”
— Anthony DeFeo