A man was struck by gunfire in a car-to-car shooting early Friday morning as he was driving on the 110 Freeway near downtown Los Angeles, police said.
Police said the victim suffered a gunshot wound to the back and remained hospitalized in stable condition Friday morning. The shooting was reported around 1:15 a.m., according to the Los Angeles Police Department.
According to investigators, the victim was headed northbound on the 110 Freeway when he noticed a car speeding up next to his. As he headed westbound on the 10 Freeway, the victim saw the same vehicle following him and he heard gunfire.
After he was shot, the victim exited the 10 Freeway at Normandie Avenue and stopped at a gas station where he called 911, according to the LAPD. He told police her heard two rounds and felt a pain in his back.
Los Angeles residents were on edge after hearing about the shooting, initially believed to be a road rage incident.
"I take this freeway every day to and from work," said Lois Russell, a Los Angeles resident. "That's animalistic behavior. Why would you do something like that?"
Police said the suspected vehicle involved in the shooting was described as an older model blue Volkswagen Beetle.
Police were trying to determine exactly where the shooting occurred on the freeway.
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California Highway Patrol briefly shut down the 110 Freeway as police searched for evidence from the shooting.
The shooting was initially reported as stemming from a freeway race or road rage, but authorities later said that was not the case.