A woman was hospitalized after an assailant opened fire on her sedan as she exited the 5 Freeway in Atwater Village just before 6 a.m. Wednesday.
A 41-year-old woman was struck by gunfire when a gunman opened fire with a shotgun at her white Nissan sedan. She was transported to a local hospital with wounds to the neck, arm and upper body. She was taken into surgery, but was in stable condition, according to LAPD's media relations section.
The woman, who has not yet been publicly identified, is an employee of the City of Glendale's Community Services and Parks Department. They became alarmed when she didn't arrive by her normal 6 a.m. time and figured out the commotion less than a mile from their office might be connected.
Police do not have a suspected motive for the shooting.
The first shots were fired from a gray SUV while the victim was still on the 5 Freeway northbound, and additional shots were fired on the offramp, police said.
The shooter's car fled the scene along San Fernando Road, according to LAPD. Witnesses reported the vehicle had distinctive 20" or 24" custom rims.
Earlier reports said the shooter's vehicle was a dark-colored sedan, but police have since revised that description.
After the shooting, the victim’s white Nissan came to a stop near the intersection with San Fernando Road.
Several blocks in the area as well as the northbound Colorado Boulevard offramp from the freeway were closed as police investigated the shooting. All roads were reopened and the victim's car was towed from the scene before 9 a.m.
Detectives combed the industrial area looking for surveillance video soon after the incident.
"We're currently doing our investigation and reviewing videotape," said Sgt. Munish Bharadwaja of LAPD's Northeast station.
Investigators have not disclosed a possible motive for the shooting.