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FL Prosecutor Probing Shots Fired After Instacart Driver Wrong Turn

A Florida prosecutor ordered an investigation after a homeowner fired shots into a couple’s car when they mistakenly turned onto his property while making a late-night Instacart delivery. Davie, Fla., police closed the case without consulting the state attorney’s office, reports the Associated Press. No one was injured by the gunfire in an upscale Fort Lauderdale suburb. It was the latest in a spate of similar shootings where people have mistakenly turned onto the wrong property or gotten in the wrong car. One person has been killed and others seriously wounded. In this case, the shooter told police the car was being driven erratically, struck his leg, and made him fear for himself and his son.


Broward County State Attorney Harold Pryor said police investigators never contacted his office about the April 15 shooting that put at least two bullets into the car driven by 19-year-old Waldes Thomas Jr., who was with his girlfriend, Diamond Darville. Pryor was unaware of the shooting until his office was contacted Friday by a reporter from WTVJ-TV, who interviewed the couple. He said his office would decide whether charges should be filed. A Davie detective said that without any video, he couldn’t determine whether either the shooter or couple committed a crime..“Each party appeared justified in their actions based on the circumstances they perceived,” his report concluded. The shooting happened on an unlit street in a semi-rural neighborhood at a home sitting on two acres. Thomas got lost while delivering groceries for Instacart. He was on the phone with the customer when he turned his car into an area where the shooter stores equipment for his excavation business. The address they were looking for is across the street.

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