SAN DIEGO — A woman was shot and wounded as she drove on a San Diego freeway Saturday, and a stretch of state Route 94 was shut down for more than nine hours.
The woman was driving her Ford SUV west through the Spring Valley area when another vehicle pulled up behind her and opened fire around 5:40 a.m., according to a California Highway Patrol news release. Several rounds hit the woman’s car and she was struck by at least one of the bullets.
The driver veered to the left and crashed into the median, and the gunman’s car sped on, CHP said. The woman’s two passengers called 911 and medics arrived a short time later to take her to Scripps Mercy Hospital. The passengers, two men, were not hurt.
All westbound lanes of SR-94 were closed at Kenwood Drive and didn’t reopen until around 3 p.m., according to Caltrans.
Early in the investigation, CHP said there was no clear description of the shooter or their vehicle. It was also unclear whether there was a motive for the shooting. Beyond stating that she was a National City resident, the victim was not identified.
Video from 619 News Media showed officials diverting traffic off the freeway while investigators searched the lanes for evidence. The white SUV was sitting up against the median. The back window was completely blown out. It appeared that two bullets traveled through the car and out the windshield, which stayed intact but had two holes in it.
A significant number of officers could be seen walking the empty stretch of freeway, including an investigator who was crouched on the ground and taking photographs. Caltrans had cones and road closure signs blocking an on-ramp in the area, to prevent further drivers from getting caught in the back-up.
Investigators asked anyone with information to call CHP’s El Cajon office at 619-401-2000. You can also report tips anonymously through San Diego County Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477.