A bullet struck a semi on the Long Beach Freeway in Los
Angeles Wednesday, media outlets reported.
The shooting was the ninth in a series of shootings along
interstate highways in the massive metropolitan area; it was the first time a
tractor-trailer was struck.
The Long Beach Freeway carries Interstate 710 from the
coastline – and the massive Los Angeles-Long Beach port complex – inland. It
carries a significant amount of truck traffic.
According to media reports, driver Francisco Chavez, who
works for Los Pericos Food Products, was driving north on the highway near the
cities of Compton and Lynwood, where the highway crosses I-105. He heard
something hit his rig, and when he arrived at his destination, he found a
Media reports vary on what part of his rig was hit, but one
report indicated the hole was on the driver’s side, about five feet behind the
driver’s door. The Los Angeles Times said
police recovered the slug.
California has had
11 freeway shooting incidents so far this year, according to the highway
patrol. Nine have occurred in the past two months, and four in the past week alone.
Four people have been killed. Most of the shootings occurred in Los Angeles,
Orange and Riverside counties.
Police officials say
they have no reason to suspect that the recent shootings are linked and are
asking all motorists to be on the lookout for suspicious behavior.
California Highway Patrol has created an investigative team aimed at quickly
tracking down leads. Police are asking
anyone with information about the shootings to call 1-877-LAWFULL