Homestead man arrested for road rage shooting in Key Largo, deputies say

Baldemar Martinez, of Homestead, is facing multiple charges after being accused of firing a gun at another vehicle during a road rage incident. (Monroe County Sheriff's Office)

KEY LARGO, Fla. – A 24-year-old man was arrested Friday after being accused of shooting at another vehicle during a road rage incident in Key Largo, deputies say.

Baldemar Martinez, of Homestead, is facing charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, discharging a firearm from a vehicle, discharging a firearm into an occupied conveyance and criminal mischief.

According to Monroe County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Adam Linhardt, a 30-year-old victim was driving south near Mile Marker 104 in a Key Largo school zone around 8 a.m. when an issue arose with the suspect driver, later identified as Martinez.

Linhardt said Martinez exited his vehicle and punched the victim’s vehicle several times and later hit the mirror with his hand when both vehicles were moving again.

The victim told deputies that Martinez then fired several shots at his vehicle, causing two flat tires.

Deputies said they later found Martinez at his job.

Authorities said he later confessed to deputies and the .40-caliber handgun was recovered.

Martinez was taken to a nearby jail.

A motive for the shooting remains unclear.

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