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Victim identified in I-95 fatal shooting

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UPDATE: On Thursday, the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office identified the victim in Wednesday's shooting as Antoine Smith, 31, of Boynton Beach.  

Detectives Wednesday evening located a stolen Gray Kia Soul on Wingfield Street in Lake Worth.

The vehicle matches the description of the one involved in the shooting, but detectives cannot determine yet if it is connected to the incident.

EARLIER STORY

At about 11:23 a.m. Wednesday, Boynton Beach police responding to a crash and discovered a male driver who had been shot near Gateway Boulevard and I-95.

The driver was in a white SUV and at least one bullet hole could be seen in the windshield.

At the same time Boynton police were dispatched to that scene the Florida Highway Patrol was sent to investigate a crash on I-95 just north of Lantana Road. They also found a vehicle with bullet holes.

A woman in the vehicle, who did not want to be identified, said a vehicle crashed into her car near Gateway Boulevard and didn't stop. Her car followed to try and get a license plate number and she says that's when her vehicle was hit by gunfire.

"It was just like firecrackers. We didn't know it was shooting until the bullet actually hit the car. The first couple of bullets missed the car," the woman said.

Investigators later determined the two incidents were related.

The gunshot victim who was hospitalized in critical condition later died, according to the sheriff's office.

PBSO detectives from the violent crimes division are now investigating the case as a homicide.

They believe the gunman may have been a passenger in a small gray SUV. Witnesses describe the suspected shooter as a black man with short or pulled back hair and a thin build. The driver was also a black male, but a more complete description was not available.

The sheriff's office asks that anyone near Gateway Boulevard and I-95 between 11:20 and 11:40 a.m. who may have witnessed the incident to please call PBSO Detective Joe Greco at 561-688-4054 or Palm Beach County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-458-TIPS.  

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