Police: Road-rage shooting was triggered by couple laughing at man fighting with his girlfriend

ORLANDO, Fla. — Orlando police have arrested a man they said shot another man for laughing at him in a case of road rage.

Police said the shooting happened Tuesday in front of the Top Dog Express Car Wash on South Semoran Boulevard between Curry Ford Road and La Costa Drive.

Police said after the victim was shot, he ran into the car wash for help.

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Officers said they were able to make an easy arrest, thanks to posts on social media.

The man who was shot and 19-year-old Traviance Polite Jr. were both driving along South Semoran Boulevard before the shooting occurred, police said.

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Officers said at the light at the intersection of Curry Ford Road, another car pulled up, and the victim and his girlfriend noticed that Polite was having an argument with his girlfriend.

Polite noticed that the man and his girlfriend were laughing, and they laughed back. According to the arrest affidavit, when the light turned green, Polite pulled out a gun.

Gunshots rang out and the man was struck by a bullet. He was taken to a hospital for treatment, police said.

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The victim’s girlfriend along with other witnesses were able to give detectives a description of the shooter’s car which helped led to the arrest.

Officers said pictures and videos posted on Polite’s social media accounts also connected him to other crimes.

Anyone with information about the shooting, can contact the Orlando Police Department at 321-235-5300, call Crimeline at 1-800-423-8477 or text to 8477.

See the full report in the video above.

Karen Parks, WFTV.com

Karen Parks is a reporter at WFTV.