Rescue crews responding to a crash on California’s San Fernando freeway found a driver fatally shot in the head, while another driver was shot and wounded in a separate attack about 30 miles away in Long Beach, authorities said.
The incidents were the latest in a string of Southern California freeway shootings stretching back several weeks.
The San Fernando Valley victim is thought to have crashed his car after being shot on the 101 Freeway early yesterday morning.
The unidentified man was found by rescue crews responding to a report of a rolled-over vehicle on the freeway.
Authorities initially closed off two lanes of the freeway, then the entire eastbound side when it became clear the death was a homicide. The freeway remained closed for nearly six hours.
Meanwhile, about 30 miles southwest in Long Beach, police were investigating a second freeway shooting that left a man in hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
The shooting victim told officers he was driving north on the 710 Freeway near Del Amo Boulevard on Saturday evening when another motorist shot at him.
The incidents come about a month after the shooting in late February of a 46-year-old man who was taken to hospital after taking bullets in the torso and right arm while driving on the Foothill Freeway northeast of Los Angeles.
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.