All westbound lanes of the 60 Freeway were shut down in the Hacienda Heights area for hours overnight after a car-to-car shooting left three people injured, including one victim who was in critical condition, authorities said Saturday.
The shooting took place on the Azusa Avenue on-ramp to the 60 on Friday shortly before midnight, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. The location is on the border of Hacienda Heights and the City of Industry.
Four men had left a local restaurant and were driving onto the westbound freeway when a white Range Rover pulled up along side them. At that point, someone inside the SUV began firing into the victim’s vehicle, striking the driver and two passengers sitting in the back seat, according to a news release from the Sheriff’s Department.
The victim’s vehicle stopped in the carpool lane.
Deputies responded to the scene and initially located two victims in a vehicle on the side of the roadway, said sheriff’s Lt. Tubbs. Investigators later revealed that a third person had been hurt.
One of the victims, the 23-year-old driver, was hospitalized in “extremely critical” condition, the Sheriff’s Department stated. He was later listed in critical condition.
The the other gunshot victims, both 24, sustained non-life-threatening injuries, according to the release.
Investigators were searching for the other vehicle, described only as a white Range Rover. It was last seen speeding westbound on the 60 Freeway, Tubbs said.
A description of the shooter was not provided.
Authorities were unsure if the shooting was possibly gang-related or a road-rage incident. The motive remained under investigation.
A SigAlert was issued shortly after 12:30 a.m., and all westbound lanes were closed, the California Highway Patrol tweeted. The alert was initially scheduled to last for an hour, but a separate tweet from CHP later stated the closure would last until about 8 a.m.
All lanes were reopened by 7:30 a.m., while the Azusa on-ramp to the westbound 60 was shut down for another hour before it was open again.
Anyone with information about the shooting has been asked to call the Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500. Anonymous tips can also be left by contacting Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.
KTLA’s Geoff Peters contributed to this story.