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Shootout on Palmetto Expressway leaves one man injured and a car riddled with bullets

This gray vehicle with gunfire damage to its windshield was caught in the crossfire of an early morning shootout on the Palmetto Expressway, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
This gray vehicle with gunfire damage to its windshield was caught in the crossfire of an early morning shootout on the Palmetto Expressway, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Florida Highway Patrol

An early Monday morning shootout on the Palmetto Expressway left one man nursing gunshot wounds and another man — who had nothing to do with the incident — with a bullet-riddled vehicle, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Lt. Alex Camacho said the FHP received calls of gunfire on the highway near the Northwest 27th Avenue exit shortly after midnight Sunday. And as law enforcement was answering that call, Camacho said, the FHP then learned that a man had been shot and walked to a nearby hospital.

Several witnesses told FHP investigators they heard gunshots and saw muzzle flashes coming from two white vehicles driving near each other, one of them a white Porsche sedan. A gray car driven by one of the witnesses was struck in the upper rear windshield and in the rear bumper. The witness wasn’t injured.

By mid-morning Monday, law enforcement had not released any names of those involved in the incident. They also didn’t release the condition of the man who was shot. Camacho said he was struck as a passenger in one of the two vehicles involved in the gunfire.

FHP investigators said they recovered a bullet fragment from the trunk of the gray vehicle.

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