Banana Peel Leads to Road Rage Shooting in Florida

Police arrested a 34-year-old man on Wednesday, May 19, a day after a road-rage shooting incident that left another man with a leg injury.

According to the Pinellas Park Police Department, Robert Lewis and Peter Sala Jr. got into a verbal altercation while they were both driving south on U.S. Highway 19 on May 18.

Police said Sala drove past Lewis’s car and reportedly “threw what is believed to be a portion of a banana.” The banana hit the side of Lewis’s pickup truck.

Police said after the banana hit the truck, Lewis allegedly fired his handgun at Sala’s truck. The bullet shattered the passenger window, and “entered and lodged into the front passenger dashboard area.”

Sala suffered a “non-life-threatening laceration to his leg” from a piece of glass.

Police determined the shooting was a road rage incident.

Lewis met with detectives Wednesday morning, and was then charged with shooting a deadly missile into/at an occupied vehicle and criminal mischief. He was booked into the Pinellas County Jail on $12,000 bond. Jail records show he was later released.

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