STUART – A manhunt was underway today for a suspect police said shot a 22-year-old Florida man in an act of road rage.
Twenty-two-year-old Steven Simon, of West Palm Beach, was driving on Interstate 95 Thursday evening near Stuart when another vehicle drove up behind him, a witness told deputies.
Simon attempted to get out of the way, but the vehicle passed him before slowing down again, Lovelyn Salomon, 25, a passenger in Simon’s car, told investigators.
As Simon moved further away, the suspect pulled up along the side of the vehicle and fired a gun through the window, striking Simon in the head, according to a Martin County Sheriff’s Office report.
Simon’s vehicle careened off the highway and through a metal barrier before coming to a stop.
The first deputy responding to the scene discovered Simon bleeding heavily and slumped back in the driver’s seat.
“Officer help me, I’m going under, I need oxygen,” he said, according to the sheriff’s report.
The deputy applied pressure to Simon’s head wound and tried to get information on who had shot him.
Simon and Salomon described the suspect as an older man with medium-length white hair. He was driving an older model, beige colored sedan with round taillights, they said.
Paramedics then arrived on scene and transported Simon to a hospital. He remained in critical condition on Friday.
A statewide alert has been issued and all rest areas and gas stations are being checked.