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Community wants answers about I-75 shooting

Posted at 11:10 PM, Dec 18, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-19 07:02:31-05

LEE COUNTY, Fla. -- The Lee County Sheriff's Office has released very limited information about a highway shooting that happened Sunday morning. And now locals want answers.

FGCU student Cameron Zulcosky said his friends were stuck on I-75 on Sunday as deputies investigated the shooting. He said they were baffled.

“They didn’t really know what was going on. They were there for about 30-45 minutes, but they didn’t know what was going on,” said Zulcosky. “They drove by and kind of figured something bad happened.”

He said now they just want to know how it all unfolded.

“I feel like they should tell us at least what happened. It would help everybody know…a peace of mind,” he said.

The Lee County Sheriff’s Office confirmed one person was shot inside of a car in the southbound lanes of I-75 between Alico Road and Corkscrew Road. They also said the victim was rushed to the hospital with significant injuries. But they won't even give the victim's gender.

Walt Zalisko, a former police chief who is not associated with this case, gave some insight on what could be going on. He said law enforcement often has good reason to limit how much they share - especially if they're still looking for who did it.

“They don’t want to give out information that only the suspect will know. So it’ll be easier for them to investigate,” he said.

Zalisko also said based on observing deputies scouring the area Monday - a full day after the shooting - it could be a sign the shooter was not inside the victim’s car.

“It makes me think that the shooting may have occurred or the shooter was from outside of the car, because they may be looking for bullet casings or something else to that effect,” said Zalisko.

He added that it’s unusual that the sheriff’s office hasn’t at least shared general information like if the crime was domestic or a result of road rage.

Zalisko also said it’s also possible that the victim may not be able to share information to help investigators depending on his or her condition.

Lee County’s Sheriff’s Office is offering a cash reward of up to $3,000 for tips related to this case. You can call 1-800-780 TIPS (8477)