CHP investigating fatal shooting, crash that caused major backups on southbound I-5 near J Street

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KTXL) — Police discovered the body of a man who had been shot dead inside his car in Downtown Sacramento on southbound I-5, which caused major backups Friday morning, according to the California Highway Patrol. 

The event happened just after 5 a.m., as officers received a call for a single-vehicle accident.

Authorities at the scene told FOX40 that Elk Grove Police Department officers came across the accident first.

 “There was an Elk Grove P.D. officer that just happened to be in that area and stopped to assist,” said South Sacramento CHP officer Jim Young.

When that officer got out to help, they soon realized this was no ordinary traffic accident.

“The solo driver — there was nobody else in the vehicle — actually had a gunshot wound,” Young explained.

That forced the California Highway Patrol to shut down all but one lane of traffic for most of the morning, causing major back-up.

CHP says the move was necessary as officers needed to comb several lanes for evidence.

However, after hours of doing so, CHP says no physical evidence was located.

“But that doesn’t mean it wasn’t there prior,” Young told FOX40. “When you have a bunch of vehicles driving on the freeway, we’re investigating that it did happen on the freeway. We did locate the victim on the freeway. So until we can find out otherwise, we’re going to treat it as it did happen on the freeway.”

CHP says it’s still unclear if the victim, a 48-year-old Sacramento man, was the intended target or not.

Officers are not ruling out that this is a possible road rage incident turned deadly.

While the incident happened in the early morning hours, CHP says this is a busy stretch of freeway even at 5 a.m.

They are hoping eyewitnesses who may have seen something this morning, no matter how small, come forward so the shooter or shooters can to be brought to justice.

“Because that’s just a brazen act to be shooting on a freeway,” Young said. “It could have hit anybody.”

If you or someone you know was driving on the I-5 through downtown Sacramento around 5:10 a.m. and did see something, please contact the CHP.

This is a developing story.

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