SAN DIEGO — California Highway Patrol Friday is investigating a shooting in Mission Valley that wounded a man who then went inside a Target for help, authorities said.
Just after 3 p.m., CHP received a call about a “highway violence” incident on westbound Interstate 8, just east of Mission Center Road, CHP spokesperson Salvador Castro said during a press conference Friday.
Someone inside a dark-colored Volkswagen Beetle with California license plates pulled up to a Jeep Wrangler and fired multiple shots at the victim, striking him in the lower extremities, Castro said. The driver of the Volkswagen Beetle, which was occupied by multiple people, then drove off in an unknown direction, authorities confirmed. There is no description of the shooter at this time.
“From what it appears it’s highway violence, so it equals to road rage,” Castro said.
The victim, who was the only person in the Jeep Wrangler, pulled into the Mission Valley parking lot and went into a Target to wait for help, according to CHP.
“A guy comes in with a gunshot wound and he’s bleeding and people are screaming and people are scared,” said witness Arturo Gonzalez, who caught shoppers on video rushing to help the victim. “I think he made a smart decision pulling up to the Target, because there’s a lot of people here, there’s a lot of things in there that could possibly save his life.”
The victim was then taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, Castro said.
SkyFOX was over the scene around 4 p.m. at 1288 Camino Del Rio North, where officers could be seen blocking off the front of the Target and a portion of the store’s parking lot. Authorities said the Target entrance facing Mission Center Road has been closed for the investigation, but people are still allowed in the store.
After being shut down for several hours, all lanes on I-8 at Interstate 805 were reopened to traffic, California Department of Transportation tweeted at 9.23 p.m. The westbound I-8 off-ramp to Mission Center and the northbound and southbound I-805 connectors to westbound I-8 have also reopened.
“We’re trying to tell people do not engage with anybody. If you see anybody get angry at you while you’re driving, start honking their horn, just ignore it and keep driving. Don’t engage ’cause you never know what that person is either thinking about, what their mental state of mind is at the time. Just ignore it and keep driving. Drive to a safe location. Don’t engage,” Castro said.
The incident comes two days after a shooting that left a CHP officer wounded just east of the Target on eastbound I-8, located under I-805.
Anyone who witnessed the incident is asked to call CHP at 858-293-6000.