A mother of four was found dead with a gunshot wound after her SUV crashed in California, according to police.
Officers with the California Highway Patrol (CHP) told ABC7 they were alerted to reports that a black BMW SUC had crashed on the 710 Freeway in Long Beach at about 2:30 a.m. on Tuesday.
Police told the network that the victim, Mercedes Marie Mingo, 37, was found inside the crashed vehicle and that they were not sure if the shooting happened on the freeway or elsewhere.
Fox11 reported that Mingo was a mother of four.
Officers said they did not know whether Mingo died from a gunshot wound or from the crash itself. Police said it was unclear whether the bullet was fired from the freeway or elsewhere.
An investigation has since been launched to establish what happened.
According to the Gun Violence Archive, 18 people in Long Beach have been shot dead this year.
CHP captain Joe Zizi told ABC7: “There are what appear to be bullet holes on the left side of that vehicle.
“Upon arrival by CHP officers, we did find one occupant in the vehicle. It was a Black female adult who was deceased when the fire department arrived. It’s an active crime scene right now.
“There are about 10 detectives combing the area and they have since reached out looking for additional leads, sources, witnesses.”
All lanes of the southbound 710 were closed for about an hour from 7:30 a.m. while investigators continued to gather evidence. The lanes were closed again for a few minutes at 9 a.m. as investigators again gathered evidence.
As of Tuesday afternoon, no one had been arrested in connection with the shooting.
Following the shooting, Hakim Jren—Mingo’s ex-husband and father to their daughter,19—told ABC7: “My daughter called me to come down and support her. I’m just stunned right now.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact the CHP Major Crimes Unit at 323-644-9557.
Newsweek has contacted the CHP for comment.
There have been numerous shootings on California freeways that were covered by Newsweek.
Earlier this year, a CHP officer was shot during a struggle while he investigated a freeway in San Diego.
CHP captain Michael Harris said at a news conference: “The officer was investigating a traffic collision when he became involved in a struggle with a pedestrian resulting in a single gunshot. The officer was wounded in his right thigh.”
The officer was taken to Scripps Mercy Hospital in Hillcrest in a serious but stable condition, Harris added.