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Driver Shot on SR-67 in Lakeside, Suspects Sought

Two men are wanted as San Diego County sheriff's deputies continue to investigate what happened moments before a man was shot in the arm while he was driving in Lakeside.

Lakeside auto shop owner Ramon Ibarra was on his way to the bank when he witnessed a lot of commotion in the moments after the shooting.

"I saw a guy crying and like a bunch of cars they start stopping," Ibarra said. "A bunch of police cars arriving and parking and just 'Zoom, zoom, zoom."

Ibarra drove by the scene on the Winter Gardens Boulevard overpass of State Route 67 Monday evening.

A man in his 20s suffered a gunshot wound to his arm and was found next to his car, deputies said.

The man's white Honda hatchback sedan had at least one bullet hole in its rear quarter panel, and some blood on its rear bumper as well as the front bumper of a white SUV that appeared to have rear-ended the Honda.

Deputies were called for an assault with a deadly weapon but are not clear about what prompted the shooting.

After the shooting, the gunshot victim pulled off the roadway and the suspect drove away in a white four-door sedan, possibly a Chevy Impala. There was a passenger in the vehicle.

Several witnesses pulled over on the highway to help the victim, deputies said.

One lane of the highway in the area of the shooting scene was closed down.

Ibarra said it concerns him that the violence that was common 30 or 40 years ago may be returning to Lakeside.

"Little by little we’ve been cleaning up Lakeside," he said. "If we get together we can definitely stop this and be a better place for everyone."

The victim was taking to Sharp Memorial Hospital to undergo surgery for his arm.

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