MANATEE -- A man was taken to Manatee County Jail today, facing two counts of aggravated assault with a firearm, discharging a firearm from a moving vehicle, and using a firearm while under the influence of alcoholic beverages, according to the Manatee County Sheriffs Office.
A couple reported to investigators they were headed west-bound in the 8100 block of State Road 70 East in their GMC SUV and started to change lanes when a white Dodge Challenger approached from behind at a high rate of speed just after midnight, according to a sheriff's report.
After the traffic light changed, both vehicles continued to drive west bound on S.R. 70.
It is alleged that the Challenger pulled next to the GMC and the driver produced a silver firearm, pointed it at the victim and discharged it while their vehicles were in motion.
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Deputies located the Challenger and took Mark Shapiro into custody without incident. No one was injured during this incident.
Anyone with information about a crime is asked to call the Manatee County Sheriffs Office at 941-747-3011 or Crime Stoppers at 866-634-TIPS (8477).