Driver Dove for Cover in Highway Shooting

CHP officers found several shell casings near Massachusetts Avenue

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    A San Diego man was driving along State Route 94 early Thursday when he heard what sounded like a blown tire. Soon, however, he realized someone was shooting at him.

    The 21-year-old man was driving his mother’s car eastbound along the highway in Lemon Grove near Broadway. He and a 19-year-old friend were heading to the friend’s home in La Mesa when they heard the gunshots coming from another car.

    The driver dove across the console once he realized someone was shooting at him according to CHP Public Information Officer Brian Pennings.

    CHP officers examined the white Ford 500 and found evidence of three rounds.

    The first bullet hit the door frame between the driver’s seat and the backseat and shattered the left rear window.

    The second bullet went into the front fender while the third glanced off the front bumper and landed in the tire.

    The tire didn’t deflate until hours after the incident.

    When the gunshots stopped, the driver looked up and saw a car he believes was responsible continuing eastbound at a high rate of speed.

    No one was injured.

    The driver continued on and dropped off his passenger. When he returned home to Serra Mesa and explained what had happened to his mother who was the registered owner of the car, she in turn contacted the CHP.

    Pennings did not have information on the driver or the suspects. All they know is that the suspect’s car was a dark-colored vehicle.

    Investigators are following up on some leads.

    It’s too early to comment on a possible motive, Penning said. The CHP cannot confirm if the shooting was targeted but they are not ruling that out.

    “It’s too early to speculate on anything,” Pennings said. 

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