Man hit in latest string of California shootings

| 7/25/2005

An unidentified Los Angeles man was shot while driving near Carson, CA, this weekend, adding to the list of about two dozen shootings along highways in Southern California in the last few months.

On Sunday, July 24, the man was driving his 2000 Lexus west on Interstate 91 when a white van or pickup pulled alongside him and someone inside it fired at him, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The victim lost control of his vehicle, drove down an embankment and hit a tree. He was wounded in the left leg and arm, but is listed in fair condition, according to police reports.

California has seen eight freeway shootings in the past three months. The most recent occurred May 2, when a bullet was shot through the windshield of a sport utility vehicle. That driver was not injured, but four previous victims were killed.

California has had 11 freeway shooting incidents so far this year, according to the state’s Highway Patrol. None appear to have involved drivers of semis. Most of the shootings occurred in Los Angeles, Orange and Riverside counties.

Following the outbreak of shootings along Southern California’s freeways, the California Highway Patrol created an investigative team aimed at quickly tracking down leads.

Police are asking anyone with information about the shootings to call 1-877-LAWFULL (1-877-529-3855).