Victim in I-8 Shooting Dies

The two young men were shot while traveling eastbound on I-8 in La Mesa officials said

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    New video of the car those two men were in when police say someone in a passing vehicle opened fire, in the middle of the freeway, striking the driver and his passenger. NBC 7's Diana Guevara reports. (Published Monday, May 6, 2013)

    One of two men shot while traveling along eastbound Interstate 8 in La Mesa early Sunday has died officials said.

    The California Highway Patrol responded to a call just before 4 a.m. reporting a person on the road next to a vehicle on I-8 near the junction with State Route 125.

    2 Shot in I-8 Shooting

    [DGO] 2 Shot in I-8 Shooting
    New video of the car those two men were in when police say someone in a passing vehicle opened fire, in the middle of the freeway, striking the driver and his passenger. NBC 7's Diana Guevara reports. (Published Monday, May 6, 2013)

    Officials say two men in their 20s were brought to Grossmont Hospital with gunshot wounds around the same time.

    The men were in serious conditions and were transported to another nearby hospital because of the seriousness of their injuries La Mesa police Lt. Matt Nicholas said.

    Officials announced Monday that the passenger in the vehicle, Xusha Brown Jr., of El Cajon, died hours later.

    The 22-year-old died at Sharp Memorial Hospital of a gunshot wound to the head.

    Officials believe a vehicle pulled alongside the victims’ vehicle and fired multiple shots at the victims.

    Authorities say the driver who was shot in the shoulder, was able to drive himself and his passenger to Sharp Grossmont Hospital.

    Investigators have not released a motive or a description of the suspect’s vehicle.

    CHP officers closed down a portion of I-8 to traffic for more than five hours Sunday morning as they combed the highway for evidence in the shooting.