All lanes of westbound Interstate 8 in Mission Valley have reopened following a road rage shooting that left one man hospitalized.
The shooting was reported just after 3 p.m. near Mission Center Drive, according to the California Highway Patrol. Investigators closed down the freeway west of I-805 at around 7 p.m. so they could sweep westbound lanes for evidence. Northbound and southbound I-805 connectors to I-8 were also closed, as was the I-8 off-ramp at Mission Center Drive.
Traffic was back to normal by 9:23 p.m., according to Caltrans.
Investigators say a dark-colored Volkswagen Beetle with a California plate pulled up next to a black Jeep Wrangler and opened fire. The Jeep driver was hit at least once, then drove to a nearby Target store and waited for police and medics inside, according to CHP Officer Salvador Castro
San Diego Fire-Rescue medics took the victim to Mercy Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, according to Castro.
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Castro said the CHP is investigating the shooting as a possible road-rage incident. The suspect is outstanding and investigators don't have a description. There were multiple passengers in the Volkswagen, according to Castro.
NBC 7 cameras saw the victim's Jeep in the Target parking lot with broken windows and other damage. There was also a bloody rag or piece of clothing on the ground near the driver's door.
Castro asked anyone with information about the incident to report it to the CHP at (858) 293-6000.
Check back for updates on the developing story.