Shootout on Interstate 4 ends in fiery crash; 2 injured

Published On: Dec 24 2012 06:11:08 AM EST   Updated On: Dec 24 2012 12:36:35 PM EST

Seminole County Fire Department is investigating a shooting on Interstate 4  that ended with the vehicle igniting.


Seminole County Fire Department is investigating a shooting on Interstate 4 Monday morning that ended with the vehicle bursting into flames.

Fire officials said multiple shots were fired into a vehicle on I-4 east of Lake Mary just before 5 a.m. on Monday, causing the vehicle to catch fire.

Police said the driver, 21-year-old Kenneth Lee Hunt, suffered four gunshot wounds and is in serious condition at Orlando Regional Medical Center. His passenger, 21-year-old  Contara Wiggs, was also injured, according to police.

"It was a running gun battle so every shell casing that fell out on the road is part of this scene," said Lake Mary Officer Zach Hudson "So it's a very large scene, a very long scene and one that we're currently processing."

Two lanes on I-4 had to be shut down overnight as the shell casings were searched for. Investigators say they believe it wasn't a random shooting and that it mostly  started at another location.

"What kind of incident, I don't know," Hudson said. "Whatever it was it was bad enough to start shooting each other."

Police said a handgun was recovered from the driver at the scene.

"This kind of violence is unacceptable no matter where you go," Hudson said. "Next thing you know, you're getting shot."

Authorities are still investigating, with the search for another vehicle, only described as a silver car, ongoing.

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