Shooting of Bentley Driver on 101 Remains a Mystery

A 25-year-old East Los Angeles man shot several times while driving a Bentley Continental GT on a freeway near downtown was still hospitalized in critical condition Sunday.

Police have refused to name the man shot at the wheel of the roughly $100,000 car. The recently purchased, silver-colored 2005 two-door was sprayed with at least 10 bullets about 3:35 a.m. Friday on the southbound Hollywood (101) Freeway, and the driver came to a stop near the Aliso Street exit.

A passerby, apparently a California Highway Patrol Officer, noticed the shot-up car against the median, broke out the driver's window and found the young man slumped over the steering wheel with several gunshot wounds, police said.

The man was said to be in critical condition at County-USC Medical Center in Boyle Heights, said Lt. Kevin Moore of the LAPD's Central Station.

It was unclear why police declined to name the man, whose chances of survival were not good.

Police have said the car is not registered to wounded man. Temporary registration papers were found in the car, but police would not say who the owner is.

The car came from Dream Motor Cars on La Cienega Boulevard, but no one there would say who bought it, the Los Angeles Times reported.

No weapons or drugs were found in the car, Lt. Paul Vernon told the newspaper on Friday.

"What we really need is for someone to come forward with information," Vernon said.

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