Driver of Silver Bentley Shot, Seriously Injured in Los Angeles Freeway Gunbattle

The driver of a silver Bentley was shot early Friday in an apparent car-to-car freeway shooting in the southbound lanes of Highway 101 in downtown Los Angeles.

California Highway Patrol and police officers responding to a 3:25 a.m. shots-fired call discovered the bullet-riddled Bentley stopped on the freeway near the eastbound Interstate 10 connector.

Police Lt. Paul Vernon says the Bentley driver, who has several bullet wounds, was found slumped over the steering wheel. The lieutenant says he's hospitalized with serious injuries.

Vernon says no witnesses have come forward to the apparent car-to-car shooting. Investigators don't know if the shooting is gang or narcotics related or the result of road rage.

The Bentley, which is peppered with bullet holes, does not have license plates.

CHP Officer David Porter says the southbound lanes of Highway 101 are shut down from the downtown Four Level interchange.

Motorists are being diverted onto the southbound Harbor 110 Freeway and traffic is stacked up for miles.

Vernon says the police investigation will continue through mid-morning and the freeway will remain closed for hours.