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April 25, 2005 | Claire Luna, Times Staff Writer
A motorist was shot in the neck early Sunday on the Costa Mesa Freeway in Tustin, the latest in what law enforcement officials say is a rash of seemingly random car-to-car gunfire in Southern California. The 32-year-old Tustin man drove three miles to a hospital in Orange after the 1:45 a.m. shooting and was expected to live, said Tustin Police Sgt. Charlie Celano.
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July 3, 1993 | THUAN LE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A 19-year-old man hit by a bullet fired from another car on the Riverside Freeway on Friday evening died at a nearby hospital, police said. The victim, whose name was not released pending notification of relatives, was driving east and approaching the Orange Freeway about 6:20 p.m. when another car pulled alongside, Sgt. Paul Shepard said. Someone from the second car opened fire, hitting the victim's upper torso before driving off, Shepard said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 25, 1987
The Times is to be commended on the excellent editorial "Guns and Tire Irons" (Aug. 6), regarding the recent freeway shootings and the need for gun control legislation that would prevent such incidents from occurring in the future. Since June 18, numerous freeway shootings have occurred in Los Angeles County, resulting in four deaths and seven injuries. Auto-oriented violence is not new, however: There was a similar rash of freeway shootings in 1977, and gang-related drive-by shootings happen with some frequency.
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July 11, 2005 | Jason Felch, Times Staff Writer
Authorities are investigating two Saturday freeway shootings, one of which left an 18-year-old woman hospitalized in critical condition. About 10 p.m. Saturday night a gunman fired multiple shots into a Nissan Altima carrying a driver and two passengers east on the Foothill Freeway near the Mount Olive Drive exit in Duarte, according to the California Highway Patrol.
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March 4, 1996 | EMI ENDO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An angry driver shot and fatally wounded another man after a traffic argument as they sped along the Long Beach Freeway in Monterey Park on Sunday morning, authorities said. Juan Grimaldo, 33, of Bell Gardens was driving north on the 710 Freeway north of Cesar Chavez Avenue shortly after 11 a.m., when he and another motorist got into an argument, said Los Angeles Sheriff's Deputy Carrie Stuart.
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June 22, 1988 | LYNN O'SHAUGHNESSY, Times Staff Writer
Two Northridge residents collected $25,000 from Los Angeles County on Tuesday for racing along the Golden State Freeway last July at speeds up to 100 m.p.h. to read the license number of a car whose driver had fired a shot at them. The information provided by Carol Fayne, 56, a Northridge housewife, and Michael Fabian Smith, 36, a friend riding with her, eventually led to the conviction of Lewis L. Meeks, 32, an unemployed Sylmar carpenter.
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October 13, 1990 | MAYERENE BARKER and PATRICIA KLEIN LERNER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A West Hills couple escaped injury early Friday when their car was hit twice by gunshots fired from one of two vehicles that boxed them in on the Ventura Freeway in Woodland Hills, police said. Theresa Rodriguez, 30, and her husband, Alex, 31, were heading home after visiting friends about 3 a.m. when their car was caught between two vehicles that were apparently racing each other, said Los Angeles Police Detective Joel Price.
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February 19, 1988 | JERRY HICKS, Times Staff Writer
A roofer was convicted Thursday of attempted voluntary manslaughter in a freeway shooting incident in Costa Mesa last summer that left the victim paralyzed from the neck down. However, jurors found Albert Carroll Morgan, 33, of Santa Ana innocent of the more serious charge of attempted murder. Morgan's attorney, Paul S. Meyer, was elated by the verdict and said that Morgan now faces a sentence of about 10 years instead of life.
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July 4, 1993 | JEFFREY A. PERLMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The fatal shooting of a 19-year-old man on the Riverside Freeway on Friday evening was gang-related and not random gunfire, police said Saturday. Police identified the victim as Oscar Garcia, a resident of Anaheim. Police also said that a woman and her 10-month-old daughter were passengers in Garcia's Volkswagen Rabbit. Both were unharmed.
OPINION
August 23, 1987
After a brief lull, gunplay has returned to California roads--in the north now as well as in the south. It might be worse without the heavy-duty patrolling that police started after the firing began two months ago, but patrolling obviously cannot stop all of it. With four people dead in more than 60 such incidents, ideas ranging from full television coverage of freeways to heavy penalties that would send shootists to already-crowded prisons have been put forward.
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