A rap artist driving on a Southern California freeway said something that felt like rocks struck the back of his neck before he realized someone had opened fire on his vehicle.
Rapper Phora was driving with his girlfriend on the 210 Freeway near Pasadena early Tuesday morning when another motorist opened fire. The bullet struck his shoulder and neck.
“I was just stunned,” Phora said. “I didn’t know if it was a gun or somebody was just throwing rocks. I looked over to my left and the windshield was cracked.”
The Orange County-based rapper later posted a picture on Instagram showing his bandaged neck and shoulder. His girlfriend, who called 911, was not injured.
Officials are searching for a car that may be similar to a BMW or Infiniti G35, possibly a four-door, 2009 model. Police said the driver made the right decision to pull over instead of following the attacker’s vehicle.
“They didn’t try to follow the vehicle,” said Lt. Tracey Ibarra, of the Pasadena Police Department. “They immediately exited the freeway to a point of safety.”
No arrests were reported Wednesday morning.
About 650 emergency 911 calls regarding highway violence or road were received by the California Highway Patrol over the past three months. About 350 calls involved someone displaying a weapon, the CHP said.