Investigators believe road rage incident led to shooting death yesterday on State Road 60

NEWS RELEASE

Thursday evening at approximately 7:00, the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office received several 911 calls in reference to a shooting at the 5300 block of SR 60.  Responding deputies arrived to find one subject, a male, lying dead in the east bound lane of SR60, directly next to his car. The driver’s side door of his vehicle was open and the window was shattered. There were several shell casings in the road as well.  It is unknown at this time, the number of rounds which struck the victim.  

Another subject believed to be the shooter was on-scene and had pulled into the parking lot directly south of the victim’s car. This subject was believed to have called 911 to report the incident. He was with a female passenger.  Both are being interviewed by detectives as of the time of this media release.  

Witnesses report the two vehicles were stopped in the east bound lane at the traffic light at 53rd Avenue when the shooting occurred. One of the witnesses was passing the scene when his vehicle was struck by at least one bullet, but neither he nor his passenger, a three year old, were injured.  Additional witnesses are also being questioned.

The Indian River County Sheriff’s Office has identified the deceased as Dennis Wayne Hicks (38), of Fort. Pierce.

Detectives interviewed the subject who shot Hicks for several hours.  The female passenger in the shooter’s car and several witnesses were also interviewed.  While the investigation remains active and additional evidence will continue to be gathered, the couple was released.  The car they were in, along with the vehicle of the deceased, will be taken to the Sheriff’s Office Forensic Services Unit as part of the continuing investigation.

Neither the shooter’s identity nor additional information about the motive is being released at this time.

It is believed this shooting may have been a result of a road rage incident which began in the area of S.R. 60 and 58th Avenue. Any witnesses to this incident or anyone with additional information is asked to contact Indian River County Sheriff’s Office Detective Ismael Hau at 772-978-6113 or the Agency’s main number, 772-569-6700.    

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