A man was shot and injured Friday during a road rage incident in Manatee County. 

  • 21-year-old shot in Manatee County road rage incident 
  • Chance Hughes was shot when confronting the suspect vehicle
  • Officials were told suspect vehicle followed Hughes 

The incident occurred around 6 p.m. on 3rd Avenue East.

Deputies said Chance Hughes, 21, and his friend John Burkhart, 26, were driving north on 3rd Avenue East when the suspect vehicle pulled up behind them. 

The two men said it appeared the suspect was following closely, so Hughes pulled over. 

The suspect stopped at the intersection of 3rd Ave. and 25th St., and officials said Hughes got out of his vehicle and approached the driver's side door of the suspect vehicle. 

That's when witnesses stated they heard a pop and the victim fell to the ground. The suspect then fled north on 3rd Avenue. 

Hughes was transported to Blake Medical Center with injuries to his stomach and hand. Officials said his injuries do not appear to be life threatening. 

This is an ongoing investigation.