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By Miriam Raftery; photo courtesy ECM news partner 10 News

May 5, 2013 (La Mesa) -- Two victims are in serious condition after being shot by a passing car on I-8 eastbound near State Route 125 early this morning.  I-8 east was closed for several hours, reopening around 10 a.m.  Lt. Matt Nicholass at La Mesa Police informed ECM that both victims are men in their 20s.

The victims were in a silver Nissan Maxima. There is no description of the suspect vehicle, except that it was a car.  There is no information yet on the weapon used, or whether the shooting was random or if victims may have known the shooter.

"About 3:38 a.m. CHP got a report of a vehicle blocking a portion of the freeway with an individual lying in the road on I-8 at 125," Nicholass said.  "At 3:46 a.m. La Mesa Police got a call from Grossmont Hospital saying they had two shooting victims who just showed up at the emergency room. Both incidents were related.  It appears the victims' vehicle was eastbound on I-8 when another vehicle pulled up next to it and started shooting.

The freeway has been shut down from 70th Street in La Mesa into El Cajon, along with transition ramps from 125 to Eastbound 8, while the scene is currently being processed for evidence. La Mesa Police is assisting the California Highway Patrol in this investigation.

Note: A report circulated by a scanner service initially reported an officer down, however that information was incorrect, LMPD confirms. 

If you have information, please call La Mesa Police at (619)667-7512. You can also call Crimestoppers at (888)580-8477 to be eligible for a reward up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest and conviction.

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