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Gunman on I-270 opens fire, shoots motorist who then crashes into cable barrier

Gunman on I-270 opens fire, shoots motorist who then crashes into cable barrier

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ST. LOUIS COUNTY — In the third shooting on Interstate 270 in recent weeks, a motorist was wounded Wednesday night when someone in another car shot him in the arm while driving near Lilac Avenue, police said.

The unidentified victim, a 40-year-old man, was shot about 8:45 p.m. and then crashed into a cable barrier.

Police have made no arrests and did not have a description of the gunman.

St. Louis County police Sgt. Benjamin Granda said in addition to the gunshot, the victim suffered other injuries in the crash. Those injuries are not considered life-threatening and the man’s medical condition was not available Thursday.

Granda said police don’t have a motive for the shooting.

“At this point, there’s nothing to indicate this was road rage,” Granda said.

He said the man was alone in the car, driving east on I-270, when the gunman opened fire between Lilac Avenue and Riverview Drive. The assailant fired several shots into the driver’s side of the victim’s vehicle, Granda said.

The gunman’s car, which may have been a Pontiac, sped off east on the highway.

Granda said it seems there have been more shootings on highways in recent years.

“It’s alarming,” he said. “It should be alarming to both law enforcement and the general public that these incidents are becoming more commonplace.”

Wednesday night’s incident was about 9 miles east of where two other I-270 shootings occurred in recent weeks that left one man dead and three people injured.

On Dec. 27, two men and one woman were shot in Hazelwood about 11:40 a.m. while traveling on westbound I-270 near Lindbergh Boulevard. Police said two people in another car fired on the victims’ car. The three victims survived. Hazelwood police on Thursday said they had no developments in the case and no one has been arrested.

On Dec. 13, a man died after his car was riddled by bullets about 11:15 a.m. The victim was 20-year-old Marvin Lindoren Davis, police said. He was shot as he traveled west on the highway, between North Lindbergh Boulevard and Interstate 170. After he was shot, his car collided with a tractor-trailer. Two teens have been charged with murder in the case; a third suspect was still being sought, Hazelwood police said.

St. Louis County detectives are handling Wednesday’s investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call St. Louis County police at 636-529-8210. Tipsters who want to remain anonymous can call CrimeStoppers at 866-371-8477.

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