Investigators work 2 more SoCal freeway shootings, 1 fatal
LOS ANGELES ” A 20-year-old Los Angeles man is the latest fatality in the recent string of Southern California freeway shootings.
Authorities responding to reports of a rolled-over vehicle Sunday morning in the San Fernando Valley found Marlon Gordillo Sical in a crashed sedan, shot in the head, a fire official said.
Late Saturday in Long Beach, another man was shot and wounded in what he called a road-rage incident.
Sical was found at about 8:15 a.m. on Highway 101 near the San Diego Freeway, Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Cecil Manresa said.
Police believe Sical crashed the car after being shot, said Los Angeles police Officer Norma Eisenman.
Authorities did not know what led to the shooting, however, and were trying to establish exactly where it occurred. The car crashed near a freeway onramp, so it is possible the victim was shot on a surface street and then drove onto the highway, Eisenman said.
Meanwhile, about 30 miles southwest in Long Beach, police were investigating a second freeway shooting that left a man hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.
The victim told officers he was driving north on the 710 Freeway near Del Amo Boulevard on Saturday evening when another motorist shot at him, Long Beach police Officer Jackie Bezart said.
The victim was able to drive himself off the freeway and phone for help, she said.
The man characterized the shooting as a road-rage incident, Bezart said.
The incidents were the latest in a string of Southern California freeway shootings stretching back several weeks.
On Feb. 27, a 46-year-old man was shot in the torso and right arm while driving on the Foothill Freeway northeast of Los Angeles. He survived.
In another incident, a 26-year-old man died after a shooting on the 101 Freeway in the San Fernando Valley on March 1 that followed an argument on Hollywood Boulevard.
A 54-year-old woman was found about two weeks later shot in the head in a car crashed on the San Bernardino Freeway in eastern Los Angles County. She later died at a hospital.
It was not immediately known whether arrests had been made in those shootings.