Last Updated: Monday, 3:15 p.m.
A man and a woman were reported shot at and one of them was wounded several times in an apparent road-rage drive-by on I-95 in the area of Matanzas Woods Parkway in Palm Coast late Saturday night (March 12).
The victims, Latunda Miller, 52, and Jonathan Mack, 52, both of Jacksonville, had been in Ormond Beach for Bike Week before driving north in their Challenger on I-95. They reported being shot at from a car that was amid a cluster of motorcyclists. The shooting was reported shortly after 9 p.m. The couple veered off the highway to Matanzas Woods and Old Kings Road, where they were met by first responders. The first reports to authorities had been that the shooting took place on U.S. 1. (The initial reports of this shooting were also reported that way here.) “We were trying to get away from these people,” Miller told the 911 dispatcher in a panicked tone. It was only a minute or more into the 911 call that she had realized her husband was shot.
Only the man was transported by ground to Halifax hospital in Daytona Beach, as a trauma alert. He sustained wounds to both arms. The woman had initially told 911 that she too had been shot in the leg (“I just got shot!” she is heard telling the 911 dispatcher in a frantic call “I can’t walk.”). She was apparently not shot, though she was treated at the scene by paramedics, a Palm Coast Fire Department official said. Flagler County Fire Rescue treated the man and transported him. Old Kings Road was shut down from Matanzas Woods to I-95.
Audio: The 911 Call
Miller told deputies that “they did not have any issues with anybody while they were in Ormond Beach,” according to an incident report. She “mentioned that Johnathan possibly ‘cut the bikers off.’ [Miller] stated she remembered seeing a group of bikers and a grey in color, Ford Expedition at the time the shooting took place.” She did not see license plates nor was able to describe the bikers.
The alleged assailant or assailants are unknown, and no one is in custody at the moment, though the roads and intersections suspect vehicles would have traveled are rich in surveillance cameras either on the roads or at adjoining businesses, as at the new gas station near the U.S. 1 roundabout at Matanzas Woods. The Sheriff’s Office also has its own license plate readers at various locations, and now has access to some 200 live video feeds from Palm Coast cameras at traffic signals or in public spaces.
The alleged victims’ vehicle was impounded by the Sheriff’s Office for processing. A sheriff’s spokesperson said the case is under investigation.
Saturday’s was the latest in a series of shootings that have injured or killed people since late December, starting with a home-invasion shooting in Palm Coast’s R-Section that left a man–apparently one of the assailants–dead, in what had been a soured drug deal. Two people were arrested and charged. In mid-January a 16-year-old student at Flagler Palm Coast High School was shot and killed in an apparent crossfire in Bunnell. On Feb. 5 a 19-year-old man was shot and killed at an outdoors party near Matanzas Woods. A 15-year-old boy was arrested and charged in that killing.
Bunnell has also been the scene of two shootings, neither causing injuries, but both showing evidence of the discharge of numerous shots on the streets–one two weeks ago near the Carver Center, another in late December, when a man was arrested in that case. He faces two second-degree felony charges.