LATHROP, Calif.– An Amazon truck driver has died after police say he was shot on Thursday, June 15, while driving northbound on Interstate 5 in San Joaquin County, California.
Amazon officials confirmed that their driver, 37-year-old Ilkhom Shodiev of North Carolina, died in the incident.
Witnesses told CBS13 this was a case of road rage, but police are still giving no motive as they continue the search for the shooting suspect.
“If you were driving NB on I-5 between SR-120 and Louise Ave, between 12:30-1:00 p.m. on 6/15 and have a dash cam, we need your HELP. Please contact CHP (ISU) with any footage. You can contact ISU at (916)731-6580 or CHP-Stockton at (209)938-4800. NO TIP IS TOO SMALL,” a social post from the California Highway Patrol stated.
After he was shot, Shodiev’s big rig left the highway and crashed into the parking lot of a nearby strip mall, crashing into parked cars.
No other injuries were reported, police said.
“He was a person with a big heart he was like helpful he loved his family,” Durkahksh Sheralieva, a close family friend that translated for Ilkhom’s wife Shahnoza Jumaeva, told CBS 13.
Further details about the incident were not immediately available.
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