Broward County

Driver Wounded in Road Rage Shooting on Florida's Turnpike in Broward

The shooting happened around 1:30 p.m. in the southbound lanes of the Turnpike near Griffin Road, Florida Highway Patrol officials said

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Authorities are investigating after a driver was wounded in a road rage shooting on the Florida's Turnpike in Broward County Thursday.

The shooting happened around 1:30 p.m. in the southbound lanes of the Turnpike near Griffin Road, Florida Highway Patrol officials said.

The 26-year-old victim was driving a white Nissan Altima when another driver shot him in the back through the passenger side, FHP officials said.

The wounded driver kept going and exited the Turnpike and eventually came to a stop in the area of Pines Boulevard and Southwest 63rd Terrace.

He was taken to Memorial Regional Hospital in stable condition.

Officials said it appears the motive for the shooting was road rage, and said the victim had been tailgated in the left lane of the Turnpike by the driver of a white Mercedes-Benz GLA who opened fire.

FHP Lt. Yanko Reyes said they see an uptick in road rage incidents around the holidays.

"We’re asking everybody to please do not engage anybody. It’s not worth it. There’s no need for you to risk your life for somebody to take out a gun and shoot at somebody else," Reyes said.

The driver of the Mercedes fled the scene. No other information was immediately known.

Check back with NBC 6 for updates.

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