POMPANO BEACH, Fla. – A man was shot in the face Monday morning while riding in a car on Interstate 95 in Broward County, authorities said.
Lt. Alvaro Feola, a spokesman for the Florida Highway Patrol, said the passenger in a silver Dodge Avenger was shot shortly before 5 a.m. near the exit ramp to Broward Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale. Feola said the driver kept traveling north on I-95 before exiting on Atlantic Boulevard in Pompano Beach and pulling into the parking lot of a nearby RaceTrac gas station for help.
Paramedics were called, and the victim was taken to Broward Health Medical Center to undergo surgery. The victim was shot in the left side of his face, with the bullet coming to a rest in his nasal cavities. Witneses said there were two other passengers in the car.
Feola said the driver refused to cooperate with investigators and left without providing any details about the shooting.
Cynthia Rose, who had stopped to get coffee at the RaceTrac, said the woman behind the wheel got out in a panic and said someone opened fire at her car on I-95.
Rose said the woman was put in the back of an ambulance, but she didn't appear to have been shot.
"The older lady who was driving was hyperventilating from the anxiety and the shock of seeing her passenger be shot in the face," Rose told Local 10 News.
Feola said the car was struck 10 times, shattering the passenger side window and flattening a tire. The car was later towed away from the gas station on the back of a flatbed truck.