Motorcyclist shoots and kills driver on 10 Freeway in Covina; All eastbound lanes closed


COVINA, Calif. (KABC) — A 19-year-old driver was shot and killed by a motorcyclist early Saturday on the 10 Freeway in Covina, closing all eastbound lanes, authorities and the victim's family said.

The incident, which was initially described by the California Highway Patrol as a vehicle-to-vehicle shooting, was reported at about 2:15 a.m. near Via Verde Street. A signal alert was issued and eastbound traffic was diverted off the freeway at Holt Avenue.

The deceased driver of the white Camaro was identified by his family as Alexander Espino. His cousin, who was traveling in the vehicle, was safe.

The cousins ​​were returning from the Los Angeles area and headed to their home in the Inland Empire at the time of the shooting. Espino managed to get over the right shoulder and called 911 after he was shot, a CHP spokesman said. He was pronounced dead after emergency responders arrived.

After getting information about the firing, his mother and other grieving family members went to the spot.

The gunman remained at large and was described only as a male wearing black clothing and a black helmet.

The motive for the firing was unknown. According to the Highway Patrol, there was no dispute between the motorcyclist and the driver before the shooting.

No estimate was given for when the eastern portion of the freeway would reopen.

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