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Road rage suspected in deadly car-to-car 210 Freeway shooting

Police say road rage may be behind a car-to-car shooting on the westbound 210 Freeway in Sylmar early Friday that left one man dead.

Responding to a call about a traffic obstruction, California Highway Patrol officers discovered the shooting victim inside his Mitsubishi on the Roxford Street off-ramp shortly before 1 a.m.    

The man was transported to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead. His name was not immediately released.

“Preliminary evidence tends to show this is a case of road rage,” Lt. Paul Vernon said in a police statement.  “Bullet impacts and glass fragments lead us to think the shooter fired at the victim from the victim’s side of the car.”

Vernon said the victim was in his 30s and may have been coming from or going to work. 

The CHP closed all westbound lanes of the 210 Freeway from the 118 Freeway around 3 a.m. to allow investigators to search for possible evidence. The closure was lifted at 5:34 a.m., CHP officials said.

Vernon said investigators are looking at whether the freeway death is connected to a call that was made around 11 p.m. about shots fire near Fenton Street and Tyler Street, which is about a mile from the crime scene. 

“Given the two-hour lapse in time between the two incidents, it’s doubtful they are related but we’ll have to see,” Vernon said.

Anyone with information was urged to call Det. Gretchen Schultz at (818) 838-9951. Anonymous tips can be called into Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477

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