A motorcyclist was wounded Saturday on the San Bernardino (10) Freeway in El Monte when he was fired upon by a member of an outlaw motorcycle gang, authorities said.
The shooting occurred at about 1 p.m. on the San Bernardino Freeway just before the San Gabriel River (605) Freeway, the California Highway Patrol said in a press release.
The victim was riding a red Honda CBR 1000 and another rider was on a Triumph Daytona 675 westbound in the number 2 lane just east of the 605 Freeway, the CHP said.
The two riders suddenly were surrounded by four to six riders alleged to belong to the Mongols Motorcycle Club while moving at 45 to 50 mph, officers said.
One Mongol rider took up a position to the right rear of the Honda and one began shooting at the Honda as the riders approached the 605 freeway, the CHP said.
The wounded man was shot in the right thigh and the Honda motorcycle was leaking fluid as the two motorcyclists exited at Durfee Avenue and called 911, the CHP said.
The CHP shut down all westbound lanes of the San Bernardino Freeway at the San Gabriel River Freeway — as well as the north 605 Freeway transition to the westbound 10 — while officers looked for evidence, the CHP said. They found two 38-caliber shell casings and shards of a bullet projectile. The freeway was reopened about 6:15 p.m.
The wounded man was taken to County USC Medical Center for treatment, officers said.
The suspect was described as a man with an unknown tattoo on his forehead and a long pony tail, believed a member of the Mongols.
Anyone with information was asked to call Southern Division Investigative Services at (323) 644-9550.
Federal prosecutors, in proceedings in Orange County, have tried to seize the Mongols trademark — saying the gang has been responsible for murders, vicious assaults and drug trafficking.
Source: Orange County Register