Driver in Critical Condition After Car-to-Car 110 Freeway Shooting

The shooting forced a closure on the freeway south of downtown Los Angeles, allowing investigators to search for evidence

By Jonathan Lloyd and Nyree Arabian
|  Tuesday, Jul 2, 2013  |  Updated 8:41 PM PDT
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All lanes of the northbound 110 Freeway were shut down Tuesday because of a car to car shooting. Police believe the driver was targeted, and it was not a random road rage incident. The victim remains in critical condition. Patrick Healy reports from South LA for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on July 2, 2013.

Patrick Healy

All lanes of the northbound 110 Freeway were shut down Tuesday because of a car to car shooting. Police believe the driver was targeted, and it was not a random road rage incident. The victim remains in critical condition. Patrick Healy reports from South LA for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on July 2, 2013.

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A driver was struck in the head by gunfire in a car-to-car shooting on the 110 Freeway that forced the closure of all northbound lanes in South LA Tuesday afternoon as investigators walked on the freeway to search for evidence.

Investigators believe the motorist was targeted by a group of young men just before the Florence off-ramp, LAPD Sgt. Rudy Lopez said.

The shooting does not appear to be a case of road rage, Lopez said.

Described as a man in his 40s, the driver was struck in the head by gunfire from another vehicle and hospitalized in critical condition after crashing into a fence near the off-ramp, police said.

Aerial video showed the white Pontiac sedan on a sidewalk across the street from the end of the Florence Avenue exit ramp.

A passenger in the Pontiac was not injured.

The shooter's car was described as a black Nissan Sentra. It was last seen traveling north on the 110 Freeway. Several men, possibly between the ages of 18 and 25, were spotted inside the car.

Because traffic was moderately heavy when the gunfire erupted, police believe several witnesses saw the shooting and they hope they will come forward to add detail to the shooter's description.

The northbound 110 Freeway was closed from the 105 Freeway to near Florence Avenue for the investigation. California Highway Patrol officers initially closed the Florence Avenue exit ramp from the northbound 110 Freeway, but began closing more exits a few minutes later. CHP officers began to reopen lanes by 2:30 p.m.

The Los Angeles Police Department received a report at about 12:30 p.m. of shots fired on the freeway between Manchester Boulevard and Florence Avenue. CHP Officer Vince Ramirez told NBC4 the window of the Pontiac near the Florence Avenue exit was shattered.

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