An incident that began with gunfire in Pompano Beach and ended in a violent single-car crash off Interstate 95 just north of Sample Road Sunday morning may have been a case of mistaken identity, according to the Broward Sheriffs office.
The crash left one man dead and another in critical condition, according to the Florida Highway Patrol and the BSO.
Authorities say two men, who had handkerchiefs covering their faces, approached a couple in the 2900 block of Dixie Highway in Pompano Beach around 5 a.m. After a brief verbal confrontation, one of the men began shooting, BSO said. The couple werent hit in the gunfire.
Detectives say the gunman may have thought the man was someone else.
The two attackers then took off and the victims followed behind in their own car, according to BSO.
FHP Spokesman Sgt. Mark Wysocky said that somehow the suspect car then careened off the side of the road.
There was heavy damage to the vehicle, he said.
One man died in the crash and the other was taken in critical condition to Broward Health North Medical Center. That man will be charged with aggravated assault with a firearm.
Wysocky said the victims in the other car who were not involved in the crash were talking to BSO detectives. FHP is looking into whether speed was a factor in the crash.
Anyone with information about the shooting and crash can call BSO Detective Kasia Wlodarczyk at 954-321-4200 or report information anonymously at 954-493-TIPS (8477).