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 December 14th, 2012  
St. Lucie County Sheriff Mascara announces arrest of Port Charlotte man who fired gunshots from his car while driving south on I-95 this morning
After witnesses reported a man firing a gun from his southbound Ford Bronco on I-95 this morning in St. Lucie County, Sheriff's deputies arrested the Port Charlotte resident for shooting from a vehicle within 1,000 feet of a person and carrying a concealed firearm, according to Sheriff Ken J. Mascara.

"Thomas P. Ellis, 55, was apprehended at the Race Trac gas station at State Road 70 and Jenkins Road after he left I-95," Sheriff Mascara said. "The Fort Pierce police and Florida Highway Patrol also were on scene. For some reason, during the holiday season, we often hear of random gun violence resulting in tragedy. Fortunately, in this case, it does not appear that bullets struck any persons or vehicles."

At 7:47 this morning, a motorist called 9-1-1 to report the gunshots.

Deputies recovered a Smith and Wesson .44-caliber magnum revolver, one live cartridge and five spent casings.

Deputies apprehended Ellis at 8:33 a.m. and took him to Sheriff's detective headquarters in Fort Pierce. Ellis said he was on his way to Merritt Island, stopped to fish and wanted to have some fun by firing his gun while he was fishing. He told detectives he was firing at paper targets.

Merritt Island is north of St. Lucie County, and when detectives informed Mr. Ellis that he was firing his gun from his southbound Ford Bronco on I-95, he appeared worried, said he had not slept in four days and didn't remember shooting from his Bronco.

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