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Shotgun-wielding attacker in Carson targets cars; uses birdshot

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A shot-gun wielding attack is shooting at cars, and in one case, a pedestrian with birdshot in the Carson area. He is still at large.

Someone's been hunting without a permit in Carson and the surrounding unincorporated areas.

The L.A. Times reports that a shotgun-wielding attacker is firing birdshot at cars and, in one case, a pedestrian in the area.

The pedestrian was a woman who was shot last Wednesday, April 18 in the early afternoon on the 21300 block of Main Street. The birdshot pellets hit her in the arm.

As its name would suggest, birdshot is designed for hunting game birds. This type of ammunition made headlines in 2006 when then-Vice President Dick Cheney accidentally shot a companion in the face with it while out on a quail hunt.

The other cases have involved cars: On Monday, the car of a woman driving in an unincorporated part of Torrance, near the intersection of Normandie Avenue and Torrance Boulevard, was hit by pellets around 8:30 p.m.

On Tuesday, around 8 p.m., another car was hit on the 110 freeway near the Carson Street exit.

Two more cars were pelted on Thursday: The first  occurred at 2:30 p.m. in Carson near the intersection of Figueroa Street and Lomita Boulevard, the second just 15 minutes later on the 110 near Torrance Boulevard, according to the L.A. County Sheriff's Department.

The California Highway Patrol is investigating the two incidents that took place on the 110 freeway. According to investigators, the same shotgun was used in each incident, leading them to believe the same person is behind all five shootings.

Sheriff's deputies said they have neither a suspect description nor a motive for the shootings, and are asking anyone with information to call (310) 830-1123.


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