'I was sleep deprived, had low blood sugar,' Turnpike shooting suspect says

By: Jason Kelly

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TAVARES, Fla. - A 33-year-old Orlando man who is accused of shooting a car 12 times Saturday on Florida's Turnpike will remain jailed, a Lake County judge ruled Monday.

Troopers said Kwanza Donald was arrested on two counts of attempted murder Sunday after he surrendered himself following what's being investigated as a possible road-rage incident. They said he shot a Chevy Impala at about 10:15 a.m. Saturday.

A 37-year-old man and a 17-year-old girl -- both of whom are from Miami and were in the car -- had minor injuries from bullet fragments, investigators said.

Donald told Channel 9 Monday that he was suffering from a lack of sleep and low blood sugar Saturday.

Troopers said he never complained about any medical illnesses after he turned himself into authorities.

Donald said he made a mistake and he apologized to his alleged victims.

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"I feel great remorse for the family that that happened to," Donald said. "I'll do anything in this world to pay that family back, because I really didn't mean to shoot any bullets at that car when I was getting shot at by other cars."

Donald told Channel 9 that he spent the past three weeks working as a delivery truck driver in Texas. He said people were shooting at him in Houston and during his drive home to Orlando.

Donald said he was distraught while driving home because someone told him that his mother had died. But troopers said Donald's mother is still alive and that there is no evidence of anyone shooting at him.

Troopers said they identified Donald's Toyota Camry by reviewing surveillance footage. They said they found a Beretta 9 mm handgun in his car.

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Kwanza Donald
Source: Lake County Jail
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Troopers in April 2016 arrested Donald in Lake County after he was accused of attaching a license plate to a car to which it wasn't assigned, court records said. He pleaded no contest to the charge and adjudication was withheld, records said.

Records said Donald has been arrested on drug and gun charges in Orange County three times since 2004.

Donald is being held at the Lake County Jail in lieu of a combined $120,000 bail.

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