Driver 'Very Lucky' in 170 Freeway Shooting

A man is randomly shot at while driving early Friday but escapes injury.

A gunman in a car opened fire early Friday on another vehicle on the northbound Hollywood (170) Freeway but narrowly missed the driver, police said.

The attack took place on the 170 near the Burbank exit around 12:30 a.m., said Sgt. Ernie Fischer of the Los Angeles Police Department.

"It was a completely random attack,'' Fischer said. "There was no road rage, no argument, no angry words between the drivers.''

Fischer said the driver of the car that was fired on "heard the first gunshot and saw the muzzle flashes. His car was hit by three rounds and one that went through the glass. He was very lucky to have escaped injury.''

The driver pulled over by the Burbank exit and called 911, the sergeant said.

"He said the car (from which the gunfire came) never speeded up,'' Fischer said. It just continued heading north on the freeway.''

The driver described his attacker's car as a "four-door, silver American sedan'' and said the shots came from the back seat.

The victim, Peter Deng, said the other driver pulled up beside him as he headed north on the freeway.

"I didn't pay much attention to him until the glass broke and (fragments) hit me in the back,'' Deng said.

Deng said he had no idea why the gunman shot at him. Fischer asked that anyone with information on the attack call the LAPD's North Hollywood station at 818-623-4016.


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