Car Registered to Bell Gardens Address Involved in Highway Shooting
(CNS) – An investigation was underway into a shooting on the westbound Artesia (91) Freeway in Bellflower that left two men wounded, one critically, and two male suspects on the run, according to authorities.
The shooting, which happened around 8:40 p.m. July 25 just west of Bellflower Boulevard, followed some kind of altercation between the occupants of two cars that collided, according to the California Highway Patrol.
One of the victims was shot multiple times and was in critical condition, while the other was hit in the elbow, said California Highway Patrol Officer Cheyenne Quesada. Both were taken to a hospital for treatment, he said.
Two male suspects from one of the cars involved in the crash, a Honda, opened fire on the other, a Chrysler 300, and then abandoned their vehicle, a CHP captain told reporters at the scene. Witnesses said the suspects then got into a silver SUV and left, the captain said.
It was unclear if the suspects knew whoever was in the silver SUV, he said. The Honda was registered to an address in Bell Gardens, according to reports from the scene.
A SigAlert was declared for the westbound Artesia Freeway, where all lanes were closed, Quesada said.
The transition roads from the northbound and southbound San Gabriel River (605) Freeway to the westbound Artesia Freeway were also closed, he said. The closures, which caused a massive traffic backup, were lifted around 12:45 a.m.