Two people in Florida are recovering from injuries after being shot by an enraged motorist, authorities say.The suspected shooter remains at large.
A female driver and male passenger were at a four-way stop in Lutz, Florida at around 9:45 PM on Aug. 3, police say. The driver noticed another car stopped at the intersection did not have its lights on and flashed her lights to let him know. Then, when the two drivers proceeded through the intersection, shots were fired, according to The Tampa Bay Times, a Tampa Bay, Florida-based news organization.
The suspect used a shotgun in the shooting, hitting both the female driver and the passenger in the other vehicle, police say. The victims, who are not named in reports, were hurt by the gunfire. The female driver suffered only minor injuries; the male took significant but non-life threatening damage to his face. Both are expected to fully recover, according to Spectrum News 9, a Florida-based news organization.
The suspect in the altercation is Luis Ramund Brito, a 49-year-old with a significant criminal background, according to authorities. Police described Brito as a 5'7" tall Hispanic man with brown hair and brown eyes. He weighs approximately 177 pounds.
Brito has previously been arrested for burglary, grand theft, possession of cocaine, dealing in stolen property, petit theft, and driving on a suspended or revoked license, according to authorities.
Police are encouraging anyone with information on Brito to call call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-8477, or report anonymously at the Crime Stoppers website. A reward is being offered for information that leads to his arrest. Anyone who spots Brito is encouraged to call 911 immediately.
Brito, who was last seen driving a was driving a 2006 white Chrysler 300, is being considered armed and dangerous by police, according to WFLA, a Florida-based NBC affiliate.
[Photo: Pasco County Sheriff's Office]