WIMAUMA — Deputies arrested two men accused of shooting a firearm from a car at the same motorist during two encounters in traffic. It started, according to the victim, when one of the shooters asked him, "Are you revving your engine at me?”
The shootings occurred Sept. 14 and Sept. 16 in the Wimauma and Ruskin areas, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release. No injuries were reported.
Deputies arrested Raymond Davis, 18, of Ruskin, and his passenger Trevor Barnette, 21, on charges including aggravated assault with a firearm, discharging a firearm from a vehicle, and shooting into an occupied vehicle.
The encounters started about 6:30 p.m. Sept. 14 near Wimauma when Davis pulled up next to the victim in a gold, four-door sedan, and asked, "Are you revving your engine at me?” The victim told Davis he was not, but Davis followed his vehicle, the Sheriff’s Office said.
The victim saw Barnette, the passenger, hand Davis a firearm and Davis fired two shots as he drove by the victim, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Two days later, just before 6 p.m., the victim was traveling in the Ruskin area when he saw the same car carrying the same two men. He followed the vehicle and tried to snap a photo of the license plate.
Davis realized he was being followed and at a stop sign, the victim tried to drive away. As he was passing the gold car, the victim saw a hand sticking out the passenger window holding a firearm and he heard several gunshots.
One round struck the victim’s vehicle. He drove off and contacted the Sheriff’s Office. He was not identified.
Detectives soon identified the car and Davis, the driver. Davis was arrested Sept. 17 at the James A. Haley Veterans Hospital in Tampa, where he works as a janitor, according to jail records. He was released on $25,000 bail.
Through interviews with witnesses, detectives learned that Barnette was the passenger and located him Tuesday. While taking him into custody, detectives found a loaded revolver in Barnette’s right front pocket similar to the weapon described by the victim.
Barnette faces an added charge of carrying a concealed weapon. His booking information was not immediately available.
“Through good detective work, we were able to locate these dangerous individuals and take them off of our streets," Sheriff Chad Chronister said in the news release. "My message for any driver upset about being cut off, honked at or any other perceived act of aggression is simple: Let it go.”