A San Diego man was shot in the chest late Monday night during what investigators are calling a road rage incident when a stranger fired shots at him while driving on Interstate 5 just south of Clairemont.
The freeway shooting happened around 11 p.m., California Highway Patrol (CHP) officials said.
The victim was driving on northbound I-5 alongside a black sedan when an unknown man began firing shots, striking him with one of the rounds.
CHP officials said "the victim and the suspect were actively engaged in a road rage altercation."
The male victim, the solo occupant of a gray 1987 BMV 325i, sustained a gunshot wound and was taken to a local hospital for treatment, CHP officials said. After he was shot, he pulled over to the right shoulder of the I-5 south of Clairemont Drive, while the suspect's car exited the freeway at Clairemont Drive and headed west.
The victim’s passenger side window was shattered in the shooting, with pieces of glass left strewn about in the roadway. The victim was taken to the hospital in serious condition.
The suspect is described as a dark skinned man, 20 to 30 years old, with short hair driving what the victim and a witness describe as a newer model white sedan, similar to a Scion tC. A female passenger was with the suspect in the car.
Anyone who may have witnessed the incident with these two vehicles is being asked to contact CHP Investigator B. Clinkscales at (619) 220-5492.
The freeway shooting remains under investigation.
This is the second case of suspected road rage on San Diego in the last few weeks.