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91 Freeway shooting causes massive traffic jams in Corona area

October 18, 2011 |  9:32 pm

Corona-91-shootingForWEBBoth directions of the busy 91 Freeway near the 15 Freeway in the Corona area were essentially shut down Tuesday night after a shooting, causing massive traffic jams in the area.

The California Highway Patrol said all eastbound lanes on the 91 Freeway were closed and that only one westbound lane was open on the busy artery that connects Orange County with the Inland Empire. The closure was also snarling traffic on the north and southbound lanes of the 15.

Footage on KCAL 9 TV showed firefighters administering first aid to the shooting victim on the side of the freeway. 

Patrol cars from the CHP, their lights flashing, had blocked off the freeway lanes.

The station reported that the victim was shot by a CHP officer. An agency spokesperson did not return calls for comment.

On the west side of the 91 Freeway, traffic was backed up to the Santa Ana Canyon area. Eastbound traffic was backed up to the 71 Freeway.

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Map shows freeway shutdown location. Credit: Paul Duginski/Los Angeles Times

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