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Authorities: Orlando man shot, killed while driving on I-4 in Tampa

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Updated: 6/30/2013 10:14 pm
TAMPA, Fla. (WFTV) -- Authorities in Tampa said an Orlando man called 911 to report someone following him on I-4 minutes before he was fatally shot Saturday afternoon.

The incident happened around 3 p.m. in the eastbound lanes of I-4 at the I-75 overpass in Tampa, officials said.

The victim, identified as 47-year-old Fred Turner, Jr. of Orlando, called 911 to report a vehicle following him and said the driver had pulled up alongside him and flashed a handgun, authorities said. Turner, Jr. told dispatchers that the incident started at N. 50th Street and E. Columbus Drive, officials said. The victim also stated he was getting on the interstate to head to Orlando.

While still on the phone with dispatchers, Turner, Jr. was shot and killed by someone in the vehicle that was following him, according to investigators.

"At some point, for unknown reasons, the occupant, or occupants, of one vehicle fired multiple shots at the other vehicle," sheriff's office spokeswoman Debbie Carter said.

Sheriff's office officials said they are investigating the shooting as a possible road rage incident, but said it's unclear what sparked the situation. The victim told dispatchers he didn't know why he was being followed.

"The caller stated that he had done nothing to cause someone to follow him," Carter said.

After the shooting, Turner Jr. pulled over on the side of I-4 and the suspect vehicle fled the area. Authorities said they are searching for a newer model, gray Ford Taurus with tinted windows.

Turner, Jr. was pronounced deceased at the scene, officials said. He is an Orlando resident who resides in the Lake Buena Vista area, according to officials.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office is investigating the incident.
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