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2 freeway shootings under investigation

March 31, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
Authorities say they are looking into the possibility that a driver found shot in his car on a freeway was a suicide victim. One man was fatally shot along the 101 Freeway and another man wounded on the 710 Freeway.

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The Los Angeles Police Department said in a statement Monday that investigators were considering suicide in the death of 20-year-old Mario Gordillo Sical in a crashed sedan along the 101 Freeway.

The statement says police also are trying to determine if it might have been a car-to-car shooting or indiscriminate gunfire.

Sunday morning Mario Gordillo Sical was found shot in the head in his car on 101 Freeway in Sherman Oaks.

Authorities responded to reports of a single-car rollover crash just east of Van Nuys Boulevard exit around 8:15 a.m. When firefighters approached the sedan they found the driver, Sical, with a gunshot wound to the head. He was transported to a local hospital where he died a short time later.

Police initially thought it might be a car-to-car shooting. They are currently investigating all possibilities.

Residents in Sherman Oaks were startled and frightened by the incident.

The LAPD is hoping witnesses will come forward with any information to help their investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call the LAPD tip line at (877) 529-3855. Callers can remain anonymous.

Meanwhile, in Long Beach, a motorist is recovering after he was shot on the northbound 710 Freeway on Saturday night. Authorities say the man was an apparent victim of road rage after being shot in torso near the Del Amo Boulevard exit.

The man managed to safely drive off the freeway and call for help. He is expected to recover.

Police do not have any suspects in the shooting.

Long Beach police are asking for the public's help as in aiding in their investigation. If you have any information regarding the Long Beach shooting, you're asked to call the Long Beach Police Department at (562) 435-6711.

The two freeway shootings do not appear to be related. It was determined that the Long Beach shooting was not gang related, however detectives are still searching for a motive in the Sherman Oaks shooting.

Eyewitness News reporter Lisa Hernandez and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

 

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