HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – The Florida Highway Patrol is seeking information after a shooting left two men dead along Interstate 75 around 3 a.m. Thursday.
The men were found in a white Nissan Altima after it crashed at the ramp onto westbound Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. Late Thursday afternoon, they were identified as Craig Wilson Lee and Terrance McDowell, both 25 and of Sarasota.
Investigators suspect another person was inside the car, but fled the scene. That person has not been located, an agency spokesman said.
Troopers said people were seen shooting at the car from a white Jeep Cherokee. They are seeking any information on the vehicle and its occupants.
“It’s a sad set of events that occurred this morning, and fortunately, there is a lot of passing traffic here. I-75 is one of our busiest interstates in the entire state,” FHP spokesman Steve Gaskins said. “Fortunately nothing else happened with passing traffic and this is obviously a serious crime and we’re trying to do what we can to solve the crime.”
Those in the area are rattled by the news.
“Terrible, terrible,” said Clarence Taylor, a local Uber driver. “I don’t know what’s going on these days. I truly don’t. Things are crazy,” he said.
Others explained how the roads can be dangerous, no matter what time of day.
“Cause you don’t know who you’re driving next do or what’s gonna happen,” said Kayla Bonilla, a Hillsborough County resident.
The off-ramp at I-75 and MLK Boulevard was closed for several hours, but has since re-opened.
8 On Your Side conducted an online search of the victims and found extensive criminal pasts, records show.
The FHP is asking anyone with information regarding the vehicle or the shooting to call troopers at 813-558-1800 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS.
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