A man was shot Friday afternoon while driving on Interstate 8 in Mission Valley in what the California Highway Patrol described as an apparent road-rage incident.

After the shooting, which occurred around 3 p.m. in the westbound lanes of I-8 near the Interstate 805 interchange, the victim pulled off the freeway at Mission Center Road and sought help inside the Target store at the Westfield Mission Valley mall, according to California Highway Patrol Officer Sal Castro.

It was not immediately clear what led to the shooting. but someone inside a dark colored Volkswagen Beetle with California license plates fired multiple shots at a Jeep Wrangler, Castro told reporters Friday afternoon. The Wrangler’s driver was struck at least once.

The San Diego Fire-Rescue Department responded just before 3:10 p.m. to the Target, and paramedics took the victim to a nearby hospital, according to spokesperson Mónica Muñoz.

The man sustained wounds to his “lower extremities” that were not expected to be life-threatening, Castro said.

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“From what it appears (this was) a highway violence, which equals to road rage,” Castro said. “After the shots were fired, the vehicle immediately fled the scene.”

Castro asked any potential witnesses or anyone with information about the shooting to call the San Diego-area CHP’s special investigations unit at (858) 293-6000.

Source: This post first appeared on sandiegouniontribune.com

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