Polk County authorities are searching for a man who shot a woman in the stomach early Saturday morning while they both were passengers inside a car, according to the Polk County Sheriff's Office.
Jordan Matthew Pollard, 27, whose last known address was on East Summerlin Drive in Bartow, faces a charge of attempted murder.
Deputies were called to Langford Street and Albritton Avenue in Fort Meade just before 8:15 a.m. Saturday for a wounded victim inside a car.
They found the woman, whose identity was not released by the sheriff's office, suffering from a single gunshot wound to her abdomen, according to deputies. She was taken by helicopter to a local hospital.
Earlier that morning, the woman was a backseat passenger and Pollard was a front seat passenger inside a gold, Lincoln Town Car in Bartow, deputies said. Another man, whose identity was also withheld, drove. At some point, the woman and Pollard began to argue, deputies said. The argument ended and the trio drove toward Fort Meade.
The pair began to argue again, according to deputies, and Pollard used a handgun to threaten both the driver and the woman, deputies said.
As the car traveled south on Highway 17, north of Fort Meade's city limits, Pollard fired one shot from the front passenger seat and into the woman's stomach, deputies said.
When the driver stopped the car, Pollard got out and ran, according to deputies. The driver of the car drove into Fort Meade and called for help.
If arrested, Pollard faces charges of attempted first-degree murder, domestic violence aggravated assault, aggravated assault, and felon in possession of a firearm.
Pollard has a history of visiting the Bartow and Fort Meade areas, as well as Lakeland's Combee Road and Reynolds Road communities.
Anyone with information on Pollard's location is urged to contact Det. Angie Macke at (863) 499-2400 or (863) 298-6200.
A cash reward is available for anyone who wants to remain anonymous and can give information that leads to Pollard's arrest. Tipsters can call Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS or log onto www.heartlandcrimestoppers.com. There is also a smartphone app that can be used to submit tips.