WINTER GARDEN (CBSMiami) — A man suspected in the road rage shooting of two people on a central Florida highway is now behind bars and claims the shooting was in self-defense.
Florida Highway Patrol arrested Kwanza Jermaine Donald, 33, on Sunday, believed to be the driver in the grey Toyota Camry who opened fire on a 37-year-old man and 17-year-old girl a day earlier on the Florida Turnpike’s southbound lanes, near Winter Garden.
The victims, who reside in Miami, are recovering from gunshot wounds, considered to be minor injuries, officials said. Their Chevy Impala sustained about a dozen bullet holes along its passenger side.
The suspect did not stop and troopers said surveillance video identified Donald’s vehicle as being in the area and matching the victims’ description.
A handgun was located in Donald’s 2003 Toyota Camry. Upon his arrest, Donald confessed to police that he fired three shots at the vehicle and didn’t know the victims.
However, he said he fired his weapon in self-defense because “someone was trying to kill him,” officers wrote in an arrest report. He told police the victim’s vehicle resembled one that had been trying to shoot at him in Texas and Georgia.
Donald also admitted that he hadn’t had much food or sleep lately and was dehydrated.
“Mr. Donald rambled on about people trying to kill him, but could produce no viable evidence to support his claim,” the report added.
Donald was charged with two counts of attempted murder.