A man fired his gun at another motorist who threatened him with a baseball bat during a road rage incident Wednesday morning in Temple Terrace, police said.
Investigators do not believe anyone was injured.
The incident occurred about 8 a.m. at the entrance to Terrace Walk Plaza, at North 53rd Street and East Fowler Avenue, Temple Terrance police said. Officers responded to a report of shots being fired.
According to police, Adrian C. Fedrick, Jr., 23, of Wesley Chapel, said he was making a wide turn after exiting the parking lot, and two men in a red pickup truck pulled into the lot as he was leaving.
“The men apparently were angry about Fedrick’s driving, and a verbal altercation ensued,” city spokesman Michael Dunn said in a news release.
The driver of the pickup parked, then exited the vehicle with a baseball bat and began chasing Fedrick’s car down 53rd Street, police said.
Fedrick told police he believed the man was going to strike the back of his vehicle with the bat so he stopped in front of KinderCare, 11501 N. 53rd St., about a block south of Fowler.
Fedrick told police he got out of his car but tripped and fell, and the man then charged at him with the bat. Fearing he was about to be struck by the bat, Fedrick said, he pulled a handgun from his waistband and fired three shots toward the man with the bat, who fled on foot.
Fedrick is licensed to carry a concealed firearm in Florida.
Police said they are looking for a white male, about 20 to 30 years old, who was wearing a black shirt and possibly khaki shorts. Police did not know the make and model of the pickup.
Anyone with information should call police at (813) 989-7110.