The search continued Sunday for a member of the Mongols outlaw motorcycle gang who allegedly shot and wounded another motorcyclist on the San Bernardino (10) Freeway in El Monte, authorities said.
The shooting took place about 1 p.m. Saturday on the San Bernardino Freeway just before the San Gabriel River (605) Freeway, according to the California Highway Patrol.
The victim was riding a red Honda CBR 1000 and another rider was on a Triumph Daytona 675 westbound in the number 2 lane just east of the 605 Freeway, the CHP said.
The two riders suddenly were surrounded by four to six riders alleged to belong to the Mongols Motorcycle Club while moving at 45 to 50 mph, officers said.
One Mongol rider took up a position to the right rear of the Honda and one allegedly began shooting at the Honda as the riders approached the 605 freeway, the CHP said.
The wounded man was shot in the right thigh and the Honda motorcycle was leaking fluid as the two motorcyclists exited at Durfee Avenue and called 911, the CHP said.
The CHP shut down all westbound lanes of the San Bernardino Freeway at the San Gabriel River Freeway while officers looked for evidence, the CHP said. They found two 38-caliber shell casings and shards of a bullet projectile. The freeway was reopened about 6:15 p.m.
The wounded man was taken to County USC Medical Center for treatment, officers said.
The suspect was described as a man with an unknown tattoo on his forehead and a long pony tail, believed a member of the Mongols.