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Bullets fly, stories don't match up in road rage shooting

UPDATE: Investigators say they're handling conflicting reports after people in one car shot at another car overnight in Palm Harbor.

Here's the latest update, with information released later Monday morning:

Conflicting stories are emerging in the case of a road rage shooting that started in Palm Harbor early Monday morning.

It happened overnight at Alternate U.S. 19 and Crystal Drive. 
Two cars were involved, and deputies say one was shooting at the other.

A bullet hole in one of the cars is about the only thing deputies know for sure. Investigators say a white Chevy Lumina sedan pulled up alongside a blue Ford Focus. There was an argument.

"During the course of the altercation, a shot was fired. We don't know how many at this time -- we're simply investigating that," Pinellas Sheriff's Sgt. Howard Skaggs said.

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No one was hurt by the gunfire. Deputies found the gun and say Benjamin Ducharme admitted to shooting it.

Here's where the facts get fuzzy.

The three folks in the blue car -- who were shot at -- say the whole thing was random road rage. They'd never met the four people in the white car.

Not so, say the folks in the white Chevy, which deputies say carried the gunman. They told detectives they're all acquainted and the whole ordeal is drug-related.

After the shooting, the group in the blue car flagged down a passing deputy. The white car was spotted and stopped near Belcher Road and Solon Road in Dunedin.

Investigators say one of the white car's passengers had no role in this and was let go. The other three left in handcuffs.

Arrested were:

There were reports that there was taunting or even cell phone calls between the two cars. Did that happen? For now, it depends on whom deputies ask.

Detectives admit getting to all of the details in this case will take some time.

Here's the original story, with information shared by deputies at the scene:

Dunedin, Florida -- After trading taunts back and forth, deputies say the passenger of a Chevy sedan opened fire on another car at a Palm Harbor intersection early Monday morning.

The people in the two cars didn't know each other, but both were driving south from Citrus County when the road rage confrontation began, an investigator with the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office said.

Deputies haven't released details on what touched off the argument, but soon people in the cars were trading taunts back and forth as well as placing harassing cell phone calls to each other, deputies said. In a brief interview, investigators did not say how people in the two cars exchanged phone numbers.

One of the cars was a white Chevy Lumina sedan with four people inside. Three people were in the other car, a blue Ford Focus.

In North Pinellas County, near the corner of Tampa Road and Belcher Road in Palm Harbor, the white Chevy pulled up alongside the blue Ford. The passenger in the Chevy fired shots out the window toward the Ford, investigators said.

No one was hurt by the bullets. Deputies responded to a 911 call and spotted the two vehicles driving south on Belcher near Solon Avenue in Dunedin. Both cars were pulled over.

Three of the people in the Chevy were arrested, while deputies said a fourth person in the Chevy had no role in the incident.

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