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Fatal 210 shooting in Sylmar likely sparked by road rage; gunman at large

A man was shot and killed in an apparent case of road rage on the 210 Freeway in Sylmar early Friday morning. Authorities say the victim was driving westbound on the 210 in his black Mitsubishi Eclipse shortly before 1 a.m. when a driver in another vehicle opened fire. It appeared the victim was shot through the driver's side window.

The Eclipse came to a stop on an embankment on the Roxford Street off-ramp. The victim was identified as 34-year-old Pacoima resident Sergio Sanchez.

The exact reason for the shooting remains unknown, but detectives believe the incident involved road rage. LAPD Lt. Paul Vernon said the victim lived locally and was likely coming from or going to work. Investigators said this was a "one-way" shooting: Sanchez did not have a gun. Authorities also said the victim did not have any gang or criminal ties.

Detectives said they will look into other reports of shots fired, which came in around 11 p.m. near Fenton and Tyler streets, about one mile from the car shooting scene. Responding LAPD officers did not find any witnesses or victims in that case. Vernon said given the two-hour gap between the incidents, it's unlikely the cases are related.

Source:  Fatal 210 shooting in Sylmar likely sparked by road rage; gunman at large | abc7.com

Driver shot to death on 110 off-ramp -- The 19-year-old woman's vehicle was fired upon several times in South Los Angeles, police say.

A female motorist was fatally shot early Thursday on a Harbor Freeway off-ramp in South Los Angeles, police said. The attack occurred as Samantha Padilla, 19, of Los Angeles was getting off the northbound Harbor (110) Freeway at West Slauson Avenue shortly after midnight, police said.

A brown 1990 or 1991 Ford Bronco pulled up next to Padilla's car at a stop light after she had gotten off the freeway, and someone inside opened fire, said Richard French, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Police Department.

Investigators were looking into several possible scenarios for the shooting, including gang activity and road rage, and whether Padilla knew the shooter.

Source: Driver shot to death on 110 off-ramp - Los Angeles Times

Gunman Sought in 91 Freeway Shooting That Injured 2 Men

Gunfire struck two men on a freeway in Bellflower Thursday night and authorities are searching for others wanted in the shooting, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The two victims were driving westbound on the 91 Freeway at Bellflower Boulevard about 8:40 p.m. when multiple rounds were fired into the driver’s side by occupants of a grey 2003 Honda Accord, according to a CHP release. One victim suffered multiple gunshot wounds and is in critical condition; the other was struck in the arm, CHP Officer Tatiana Sauquillo said.

Source: Gunman Sought in 91 Freeway Shooting That Injured 2 Men | NBC Southern California


Asked in an interview on KTLA-TV Channel 5 whether he believed some of the freeway shootings could be gang initiations, LAPD Chief William J. Bratton noted that only a tiny percentage of homicides each year take place on highways.

"Millions of people every day travel the freeways of Los Angeles, and about 1% of our murders every year happen on the freeways," Bratton said.

"You have a better chance of getting struck by lightning than getting shot on the freeway," he said. "Freeways are still safer than other areas."  <Source>

Notice that Chief Bratton never answers the question.

Bottom line …

Not all gang shootings are based on gang affiliations or someone taking offense. Among gangs, some use the blooding ritual to demonstrate comittment to the gang and to insure that the prospective member is not a police officer. In this case, late-night drivers present low-risk targets.

It is becoming apparent that areas that support a significant minority community are becoming increasingly unsafe for residents. The progressive socialist democrats, with their gun control and political correctness, appear extremely reluctant to label any minority gang as domestic terrorists – although that is exactly what we appear to be facing. These are the guys with the illegal guns – guns possessed by felons, by illegal aliens, loaded guns carried in cars, and by people who do not purchase guns through legal means. The strongest and strictest gun control does not affect criminals and crazies – it only creates a larger pool of victims unable to defend themselves and their loved ones. 

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