Man Hospitalized in "Road Rage" Incident in Whittier

Police were searching for a gunman in connection with a shooting at a doughnut shop in Whittier

By Jason Kandel and Janet Kwak
|  Thursday, Dec 20, 2012  |  Updated 8:49 PM PDT
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An early-morning car-to-car shooting in Whittier left one man hospitalized with a head wound, and police searching for the shooter. Janet Kwak reports from Whittier for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Dec. 20, 2012.

Janet Kwak

An early-morning car-to-car shooting in Whittier left one man hospitalized with a head wound, and police searching for the shooter. Janet Kwak reports from Whittier for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Dec. 20, 2012.

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Man Shot in Head in Suspected "Road Rage": Police

A man in his 40s was shot and wounded and police were searching for the gunman after a car-to-car shooting in Whittier. Janet Kwak reports for the NBC4 News at Noon on Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012.
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A man in his 40s was shot in the head and hospitalized in a possible car-to-car shooting police said was a road-rage incident in Whittier on Thursday, authorities said.

The incident was reported just before 6 a.m. in the parking lot of a doughnut shop at Beverly Boulevard and Workman Mill Road, police said.

The shooting happened on the road and the man who was shot drove about a half mile away and crashed into a curb where paramedics took him to a hospital, said Whittier Police Detective Chad Hoeppner.

The shooting victim told police the gunman cut him off then followed him before firing a round.

"The paramedics had been there and they took a guy away with his head wrapped," said Whittier resident Larry Thomsen.

Police canvassed the neighborhood for witnesses and surveillance video.

They’re also investigating whether the victim and the suspect knew each other but police told NBC4 that, for now, the shooting appears random.

The incident shocked residents in the area. "People are out of control. Like out of mind, like crazy," said Ihab Shemouda, who owns a business in Whittier.

The shooter's car, described only as a white sport-utility vehicle, was last seen heading north on Workman Mill Road. Investigators said the shooting doesn't appear to be gang related.

Fire officials initially said the man had been sitting in a doughnut shop parking lot when something came through the window.

NBC4 Staffer Rosa Ordaz contributed to this report.

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