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Search on for gunman after shooting on 10 Freeway near downtown Los Angeles

Authorities are searching for a gunman who opened fire on a vehicle traveling on the 10 Freeway near downtown Los Angeles Wednesday morning.

A caller reported the shooting on the eastbound side of the freeway between Washington and Crenshaw boulevards shortly before 4:30 a.m., California Highway Patrol Officer Roberto Gomez said.

The victim’s vehicle, a white Toyota Corolla, received gunshots to the rear but the driver and passenger were not struck, Gomez said.

The driver of the Toyota then sped up to get away from a black SUV that was described by the victim as the shooter’s vehicle.

The victim exited the freeway at San Pedro Boulevard but was going too fast and crashed into a light pole on East 17th Street and Griffith Avenue, Gomez said.

No injuries were reported as a result of the crash.

No description of the suspect, who fled the scene in the SUV, was immediately available.  

The 10 Freeway remained open during the early part of the investigation but officials later issued a SigAlert for the eastbound lanes at Washington Boulevard.

Video showed patrol vehicles conducting a sweep of the freeway in a search for evidence in the incident.

The freeway was reopened shortly after 7 a.m.