California trucker shot in road rage incident

| 6/11/2007

A 43-year-old San Pedro, CA, trucker remained hospitalized in stable condition Monday after being shot in an apparent road rage incident in Long Beach early Friday.

Police aren’t releasing the trucker’s name, but said he was northbound on the Long Beach Freeway around 6:40 a.m. Friday morning, June 8, when an SUV that was entering the highway cut him off.

Police spokesman Jason Evans told “Land Line Now” on XM Satellite Radio that the trucker sounded his horn – and that that apparently prompted the shooting.

“The SUV then slowed down and pulled next to the truck, and the passenger fired twice at the truck, striking the truck driver twice in the upper body,” Evans said.

“The SUV then sped away at a high rate of speed, and the truck driver was able to pull off to the side of the freeway and call for assistance.”

Evans said the trucker’s wounds were not life-threatening. No arrests have been made, he said.

– By Reed Black, staff writer