Gunman Misses Man in 3rd Freeway Shooting This Month

In the third shooting incident this month on Southern California freeways, a Costa Mesa man narrowly missed being shot Monday while driving on the Santa Ana Freeway, police said.

Samuel Mooradian, 25, was driving northbound near the Lincoln Avenue exit in Anaheim about 10:30 a.m. when the passenger of a car passing on the left suddenly thrust a handgun out of the window and shot at him, police said.

The bullet lodged in the left door post a couple of feet from Mooradian’s head, Sgt. Ken Brott said. Mooradian told police that there was no incident that provoked the shooting.

“He was just driving along,” Brott said.


Mooradian told police that the man who shot at him was a passenger in an older yellow Pontiac.

Mooradian was the second man shot at on freeways in Anaheim in the last three days. On Saturday, Gilberto Valenzuela, 27, of Los Angeles was shot in the head while he was a passenger on the Riverside Freeway. Valenzuela was listed Monday afternoon in critical condition at UC Irvine Medical Center in Orange.

On May 7, a 29-year-old Los Angeles man was killed after apparently cutting in front of another car on the Harbor Freeway in Los Angeles.