‘Somebody shot up my car’: Nearly 20 vehicles struck by BB gun fire on I-4, I-95, officials say

VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. — A vehicle has been located in possible connection with at least 18 vehicles being struck by BB gunfire along I-4 and I-95 on Wednesday night, according to Florida Highway Patrol investigators in Jacksonville.

But FHP officials have not said whether or not anyone has been arrested in connection with the incident.

Multiple vehicles across several counties were damaged by the gunfire on eastbound I-4 and northbound I-95, according to deputies. Officials said the damage seems consistent with fire from either a BB gun or pellet gun.

The first shootings were reported around 6:30 p.m. along I-4 in Seminole County, then east to I-95, and north to the Flagler County line.

Cars were damaged in Deltona, DeLand, Daytona Beach and the Ormond area, according to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office.

Records show 911 calls came in from multiple counties.

“I have a customer here, he thinks someone shot at his car window with something,” one caller said.

“I was going down I-4 and somebody shot up my car and blew out my window,” another caller said.

FHP officials in Jacksonville confirmed the vehicle, a silver Honda CR-V, is from the Jacksonville area, but wouldn’t say if a weapon was found in the vehicle.

John James, from Atlanta, was a passenger in one of the cars traveling through Volusia County that was struck.

“It went through one window and out the other,” James said. “It was close to me because I was right near the back windows. I thank God that I’m alive, that it didn’t strike any one of us."

Three other vehicles were shot in the St. Augustine area, according to FHP.

We have received multiple reports of vehicles damaged by gunshots on eastbound I-4 and northbound I-95. No injuries...

Posted by Volusia Sheriff's Office on Wednesday, January 1, 2020

A couple from Jacksonville visiting Orlando for the Citrus Bowl and a group of nine people from Michigan and Illinois in the area for a mission trip were also among those whose cars struck.

The Seminole County Sheriff’s Office said it’s interviewing a driver who called about a suspicious ding to his car. The driver told deputies he thought he heard debris hitting his car while driving somewhere in Seminole County. Deputies are investigating to see if it is connected to the reports in Volusia County.

In the incident report for the Seminole County case, a man said he was driving with his wife and 2-year-old daughter near mile marker 101 on I-4 when he heard what sounded like rocks hitting the vehicle. The report states that the rear driver-side window of the vehicle shattered.

The toddler was in the back seat when the window shattered, but was not injured, the report said.

No injuries have been reported, but there was damage to vehicle windows, according to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office.

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