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Thursday’s freeway attack in Carson looks like the work of a serial shooter, authorities say

Graphic by LA County Sheriff's Department
Graphic by LA County Sheriff's Department

Authorities are now saying that the man shot last week in an apparently random act as he drove on the 110 freeway may be the victim of a shotgun-toting serial shooter.

Investigators believe five shootings in or around Carson over an eight-day period this month may have been carried out by the same person, according to the L.A. County Sheriff’s Office.

Last Thursday evening, 21-year-old Anh Tram Nguyen of Placentia was driving northbound on the 110 near Torrance Street when shrapnel blew through the drivers-side window of his car and hit him in the ear. Investigators later determined that Nguyen had been hit by birdshot from a shotgun. He was not seriously injured.

Investigators are seeing similarities between Nguyen’s shooting and that of four other victims in the area beginning on April 18, when a woman was shot in the arm as she walked on Main Street in Carson.

Four more incidents occurred the following week: On Monday, April 23, a car was struck by birdshot as it headed south on Normandie Avenue near Torrance Avenue. On Tuesday, another shooting was reported on the 110 near the Carson Street exit. On Thursday there were two shootings, one of them Nguyen’s and the other a few hours earlier, when a woman’s car was hit as she drove near Figueroa Street and Lomita Boulevard.

Only two people have been hurt in the shootings, and none of the injuries was life-threatening.

“Preliminary investigations reveal that the shootings may have been committed by the same person or persons,” sheriff’s deputies said in a statement. “The common factor in the shootings appears to be the use of a shotgun (bird shot) by the suspect.”

Unfortunately there is no description of the shooter available, and investigators have little to go on. Patrols have been stepped up, according to sheriff’s Sgt. Ingrid Jeffreys of the Carson station.

“We have our extra teams out there and are waiting for information from the public,” Jeffreys told the Daily Breeze. “We’re hoping the public will come forward.”

Anyone with information is urged to call investigators at (310) 830-1123.

Here is a Google map of the recent shootings, with information on each incident: 

View Carson-area shootings in a larger map