Still no arrests after man shot dead while driving in Pine Hills



PINE HILLS, Fla. - Relatives of a family that was injured when a driver crashed into their house after being shot dead spoke out about the issue on Thursday.

Authorities said gunfire erupted in Pine Hills on Wednesday and a man driving a truck was struck in the head by a bullet and crashed into the home on Westbury Drive near Silver Star Road.

A mother and her child were hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries after the car barreled into their home about 4:30 p.m.

One of the victim’s family members said investigators know who did it, but the gunman hasn’t been caught.

"For a 4-½-year-old child to be taken out on a stretcher with a neck brace, because I saw it on TV, because I wasn't here -- he is strong. He is strong," said the boy's grandmother, Theresa Prentice.

Prentice, who drove down from Georgia, said the family was inside and had no clue a truck was about to smash into the boy's bedroom.

Prentice and the rest of the community are trying to figure out what caused someone to open fire on the truck in a crowded neighborhood during the middle of the afternoon.

Two others in the truck, Thomas Martin, 20, and Jabaris Kilpatrick, 35, were also injured in the shooting. Kilpatrick's mother said her son was shot three times, but is alert and talking.

"Whatever it was, it was not good and anyone with any common sense would know what took place was not good," said Prentice.

The driver of the truck has not been identified He may have just been giving Kilpatrick a ride when he was caught in the barrage of bullets, officers said.

One of the victim’s family members said investigators know who the gunman is but no arrests have been made at this time.