JACKSONVILLE -- A 19-year-old man was in custody Friday in connection with a shooting that occurred during the height of the rush hour commute on the Buckman Bridge Thursday evening.
Derick Leonard Jackson, 19, was identified as the driver of one of the vehicles involved in the incident, authorities said. He has been charged with aggravated assault and throwing deadly missiles into a vehicle, a charge that apparently stems from air freshener that was allegedly thrown by the suspect.
One person suffered a gun shot wound from the incident, which occurred about 4:30 pm on I-95 near the I-295 junction. The victim suffered a gun shot wound to the leg and was taken to a local hospital for treatment. Their condition and identity were pending.
The incident snarled traffic on the bridge for several hours.
Authorities said Jackson was traveling southbound in a Toyota on I-95 and was attempting to merge onto I-295 en route to Orange Park on the bridge. Witnesses told police that the Toyota was not allowed to merged onto traffic by the driver of an Acura sport utility vehicle.
There was apparently a confrontation between the two drivers and both vehicles began chasing each other. During the incident, the driver flashed a gun and fired it after a can of air freshener was thrown at his vehicle. Both vehicles stopped on the side of the bridge following a high-speed pursuit.
The driver of the SUV was not immediately identified. It was not known if that driver would face charges.