An accused road rage shooter was captured Monday after a murder Saturday afternoon when 48-year-old Jerome Edward Hayes allegedly shot and killed an Orlando victim while he was on the phone to 911.
As you can see in the videos, 47-year-old Fred William Turner Jr. was driving near Tampa when he called 911 around 3 PM to report that a man he didn’t know was following him — and had at least once pulled up alongside him to show him a semiautomatic weapon.
Turner claimed not to have done anything to provoke the shooter, but he phoned for help when he realized that he was still being followed as he got onto Interstate 4. As he talked with the dispatchers, the sound of multiple shots were heard.
Reports vary, but by the time the officers found the car, Turner was either dying or already dead.
An intense manhunt then got underway for the shooter. The vehicle was described by eyewitnesses as a late model gray or silver Ford Taurus with tinted windows.
The Orlando Sentinel reported that the detectives closed the eastbound lane of I-4 for eight hours to search for clues.
The sheriff’s department hasn’t yet released the 911 audio or the name of the store in east Tampa where Turner first spotted the vehicle that followed him.
According to WTSP, his ex-wife and his Orlando neighbors are baffled by the crime, which may indeed by a random road rage killing.
One neighbor said:
“I don’t know why anyone would do that. I mean, he was a nice guy. I don’t see him having any enemies. He stayed to himself. He was a quiet guy.”
On Monday, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office arrested Jerome Edward Hayes of St. Cloud. They also seized his gray Ford Taurus.
According to the Orlando Sentinel report, Hayes has been charged with first degree murder and booked at the Hillsborough County Jail.
At this time, the motive for the shooting of the Orlando man still appears to be road rage.
[interstate 4 sign photo by Ben Ostrowsky via Flickr/Creative Commons]