UPDATE: Person shot at busy Altamonte Springs intersection; Arrest made

- Altamonte Police say, two drivers got into an argument on Thursday afternoon, and shortly after that, they say one of them fired a gun.

"It's very scary to think about it, in broad daylight, and no one knows who it is," said Caitlyn Murrell, a waitresses  at a nearby restaurant. "I walked up to grab them a beer and they told me they heard a gunshot coming from outside the restaurant."  

It happened at this very busy intersection of State Road 46 and Westmonte Drive, where Murrell says she ran outside when her customers heard the shots.

"I took a minute tried to evaluate the situation, see what was going on," she said, "and shortly after that, we had some fire trucks coming up on the side here and a whole bunch of police."

"The vehicles were stopped at the red light," explained Evelyn Estevez, of the Altamonte Springs Police Department.

Police said some type of altercation happened right before the shooting.  A bullet traveled into the victim's passenger side door and hit him in the arm. Now, detectives are searching for the suspect's car, which is described as a 4-door vehicle, dark in color, with tinted windows.

"That's all the information we have right now on the suspect's vehicle," Estevez said. "We're just asking the public right now if anybody in this area around that time saw anything that may help us at this point we would appreciate it."

"And shortly after that, an ambulance arrived and left with the victim," Murrell said.

Police said the driver who was hit was taken to the hospital, but will be ok. 

"We had an officer come in and ask us if we had video surveillance, but we didn't have any that covered the scene," Murrell added.

She said she wants the person caught, especially for the safety of others.

"Hopefully we bring them to justice and get this taken care of."

Anyone with information is asked to call the Altamonte Springs Police Department or Crimeline at 800-423-TIPS (8477).

UPDATE (3/30):

On March 23, 2017, The Altamonte Springs Police Department responded to a shooting. Officers arrived on scene and made contact with the victim, Sherif Basta, 49, who had suffered a gunshot wound to his arm. The victim was transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The victim and the suspect vehicle were both stopped at the red light heading westbound on State Road 436. Witnesses explained the two vehicles almost collided while changing lanes, causing the drivers to exchange words just prior to when the shooting occurred. The suspect vehicle was described as a 4 door sedan, black or dark in color, with tinted windows.

Video surveillance of the suspect vehicle, traveling westbound on State Road 436 was collected. The vehicle seen on the surveillance video was identified as a black Chevrolet SS 4 door, registered to Rukshan Goonewardena, 28. Basta was able to positively identify Goonewardena as the same subject who pulled up next to him and shot into his vehicle, hitting him in the arm. A shell casing was located inside the black Chevrolet SS believed to be the casing from the single shot fired during the incident

On March 29, 2017 contact was made with Goonewardena and he was placed under arrest for the shooting which took place on March 23, 2017. Goonewardena was transported to the Seminole County Jail where he was charged with attempted murder.

 
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