Police: Motive In Motorcyclist's Shooting Death Remains Unclear

Dead Motorist Found On Glendale Freeway Connector

A section of the 210 Freeway reopened Wednesday morning after the discovery of a dead motorist forced road closures.

A motorcyclist was found dead, shutting down portions of the 210 and 2 freeways, KNBC's John Cadiz Klemack reported. Police were investigating if the death had anything to do with his reported association with the Mongols Motorcycle Club.

The victim was shot once, lost control of his Harley-Davidson motorcycle and crashed, police said.

Police were still investigating the incident and said a motive was unclear.

"If shots were fired, it could be a road rage situation, it could be an unknown suspect. We just don't know what precipitated the events," said Glendale police Sgt. Tom Lorenz.

Firefighters and California Highway Patrol officers responding to the scene found the motorcycle in the bushes alongside the connector road and the deceased rider nearby, an On Scene Video camera crew reported.

Motorists traveling on the northbound 2 were diverted off at the Mountain Street exit during the investigation, said CHP Officer David Porter.

A shirtless witness at the scene who police said was an associate of the victim had a tattoo on his back that said "Mongols" -- likely referring to the Mongols Motorcycle Club, a motorcycle gang founded in Montebello in the 1970s.

Police said that as day broke, friends of the victim arrived at the scene and were cooperating with authorities.

"There was an individual here (who) did display some outlaw motorcycle gang, say, T-shirts, paraphernalia, stuff like that. We are talking to that individual now. I understand he was an associate of the person that has been killed here, but I can't tell you whether the actual person that is deceased here is a member of that particular gang," Lorenz said.

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