5 Teen-Agers Shot on Freeway : Crime: Victims were attacked from a car that pulled alongside their vehicle early Sunday morning. None was seriously wounded, and police are investigating.


Five San Diego teen-agers were injured, but none seriously, in an early morning shooting Sunday on the Hollywood Freeway near Universal City, police said.

No arrests have been made in the 3:50 a.m. incident, which occurred between Lankershim Boulevard and Barham Boulevard. Police said it was possibly gang-related.

Police said one 17-year-old sustained gunshot wounds to the chest or abdomen but was treated at a local hospital and released. All of the victims, males between the ages of 17 and 19, were hit at least once, police said, but some were just grazed. All were treated at local hospitals and released.

According to police reports, the five teen-agers were traveling south on the Hollywood Freeway in a red sports car when a white Toyota pulled up alongside and the gunshots began.


After being shot, the victims got out of the car and scattered on the freeway attempting to flag down cars, police said. Police said there were no witnesses to the shooting.

Police said between seven and 10 shots were fired from the Toyota while the two cars were traveling alongside each other at about 55 m.p.h.

“When you’ve got bullets flying around you, it’s hard to count,” said Sgt. Roger Dardarian of the North Hollywood Division of the Los Angeles Police Department.

Police said they don’t know whether each victim was hit by a different bullet or whether several victims were grazed by the same one.


According to police, the victims saw five men in their early to mid-20s in the other car but were not able to get a license plate number. Police have not located the car.

Police said the victims ate at a Thai restaurant in North Hollywood before the shooting and may have had a dispute with the suspects there.