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Driver targeted in 'random' shooting on 170 Freeway, police say

August 24, 2012 |  6:21 am

Police were searching Friday for three men in a four-door silver sedan, one of whom shot at the driver of another car while they were riding alongside on the northbound 170 Freeway near North Hollywood, officials said.

The shooting occurred about 11:50 p.m. Thursday while Peter Dang was driving north on the 170, heading to a friend's house, police said. The suspects drove up to the left side of Dang's vehicle and one of the men shot at Dang three times, KTLA reported.

"I just heard some loud pops, and I looked over and noticed my back windshield cracked and then the front one hit," Dang told KTLA. "It kind of shook me up and I pulled off and called 911."

Dang was not hit, but one bullet grazed the sill of the left front window of his vehicle before lodging in in the windshield, said Sgt. Ernest Fischer, watch commander for the North Hollywood division of the Los Angeles Police Department.

Police suspect it was a random shooting and that the shooter was a passenger in the rear seat.

"It's just a random act on the freeway," Fischer said. "Somebody sees someone and opens fire on them."

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