Case of Road Rage Leads to Gunfire on I-805: CHP

CHP investigators believe a dispute between drivers on I-805 near City Heights prompted a passenger to pull our a gun and open fire on the freeway Monday night

An apparent case of road rage ended with shots being fired on a freeway near San Diego’s City Heights community Monday night, California Highway Patrol (CHP) officials confirmed.

According to CHP Officer Jake Sanchez, at around 10:30 p.m., gunfire erupted on northbound Interstate 805 near Home Avenue during some type of lane dispute between two vehicles.

The driver of an SUV told CHP investigators that he honked his horn on the freeway at a dark-colored hatchback carrying three men. The hatchback allegedly began following the driver of the SUV, pulling up alongside the vehicle.

At that point, one of the passengers sitting in the backseat of the hatchback pulled out a gun and opened fire on the SUV, Sanchez said. One bullet hit the driver’s side of the SUV.

The men in the hatchback fled the scene.

Sanchez said the driver of the SUV exited the freeway and pulled into the parking lot of a church on Murray Ridge Road to call 911. He was not hurt in the shooting.

Officials were not able to immediately locate the suspects. As of Tuesday morning, the group remained at large as the investigation continued. Investigators believe the suspects’ vehicle may have been a gray Honda, but the year or model of the vehicle is unknown.

No other cars were fired upon on the freeway and no injuries were reported, CHP officials said.

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