Man shot in head in road-rage incident on I-95 in Martin County

HOBE SOUND, Fla. - Detectives in Martin County have been working around the clock searching for the suspect in a shooting on Interstate 95 late Thursday night.

Police identified the victim as 22-year-old Steve Simon.  He's a pastor at a church in West Palm Beach.  

The Martin County Sheriff's Office says the two vehicles were involved in a road rage incident.  Sheriff William Snyder says it began around mile marker 92 after the vehicles got through a traffic jam caused by a car accident. As the two vehicles returned to highway speeds, the Sheriff says the suspect's vehicle passed the victim, slowed down and then the suspect opened fire.

Sheriff Snyder says the bullet went through Simon's window and hit him in the left temple.  He's now in a medically induced coma at Lawnwood Medical Center in Fort Pierce. 

Simon's passenger, Lovelyn Salomon, called 911. 

She told the dispatcher, "We're driving and (inaudible) he cut us off." She added, "then we kept driving and he drove by us, then he cut us off again, and then he shot at us."

The suspect did not stop.  The passenger was able to provide police with a brief description of the car and the shooter.

Police are searching for a 1999/ 2000 beige or Champagne-colored car, possibly a Saturn or Ford Taurus.  The suspect is described as a white male in his 50s or 60s with white hair.

Sheriff Snyder says they don't have a lot of information. Police don't know the suspect vehicle's tag number or whether it's a Florida license plate.

"We have no idea where this offender could have been going," says Sheriff Snyder, "I mean as far as we know he could have been going to Maine."


Sheriff Snyder says investigators returned to the crime scene on Friday to search for clues.  The department's helicopter was also used in the search. The Martin County Sheriff's Office has requested video from Florida Highway Patrol cameras. 


The Sheriff says they've received some tips but nothing concrete. 


"We believe that somebody has information that would really help us get a break in this case," says Sheriff Snyder, "I-95 would have been very crowded. Somebody would have seen something."


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