A shooting and crash on Interstate 4 early Saturday morning left one man dead, three witnesses covered in blood and another man charged with homicide, police said.
The deadly shooting occurred inside a vehicle on the interstate near State Road 436, but it's unclear whether the victim, Rodney Porter, 23, of Orlando, was killed by the gunshots or the crash, according to Altamonte Springs Master Police Officer Rob Pelton.
"From what witnesses have said, one male we have in custody [apprehended by deputy sheriffs] shot and killed the other male while they were all in the vehicle," Pelton said. "We don't have a motive and-or know what it was over."
The shooting suspect, Junior Gedeon, 25, was charged with homicide, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and discharge of a firearm within a vehicle. Gedeon is currently in John E. Polk Correctional Facility without bond.
With previous addresses in Sanford and Orlando, Gedeon has been charged in recent years by Orange County deputies with numerous crimes, including assault with a deadly weapon, domestic battery by strangulation, kidnapping, witness tampering and drug trafficking, according to Florida Department of Law Enforcement records.
Police responded at 4:30 a.m. Saturday to a 911 call from a clerk at a 7-Eleven on Douglas Avenue who reported that a man had come into the store "covered in blood, stating, 'Someone had just been shot,'" Pelton said.
Police answering the call also encountered two women covered in blood, who told officers they had been in a car on I-4 when another passenger was shot.
Pelton said that while police were talking to the man and two women covered in blood, Seminole County deputies responded to a single-car crash on the eastbound lanes of I-4. Pelton said the three people who turned up at the 7-Eleven were able get out of the car when it stopped briefly on I-4 near S.R. 436. The car then continued east at high speed.
Deputies responding to the crash found Gedeon running from the car, took him into custody and discovered Porter dead in a passenger seat with apparent gunshot wounds, Pelton said.
Florida Highway Patrol closed the eastbound lanes of the interstate for about hour to investigate the crash.
There were no other injuries, although "everybody had blood on them," Pelton said.
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