Crime & Justice

I-5 Freeway reopens after shooting of suspect

Cars being diverted from the Interstate 5 freeway due to a closure due to LAPD activity on Monday, Jan. 4, 2016.
Cars being diverted from the Interstate 5 freeway due to a closure due to LAPD activity on Monday, Jan. 4, 2016.
California Highway Patrol

The California Highway Patrol says Interstate 5 was reopened early Tuesday after a suspect was shot and crashed, shutting down traffic down in both directions hours earlier.

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The shooting on Monday of a suspect wanted for murder and other violent crimes led to the closure of one of the busiest stretches of freeway in California.

Police spokeswoman Officer Jane Kim says Artyom Gasparyan was critically wounded in the shooting in the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles.

The shooting shut down all lanes of the busy freeway, causing traffic to back up for miles during rush hour.

Two southbound lanes were reopened about three hours later, but all the rest of the freeway remained closed.