A young father of two Navy veterans was shot and killed while driving near Los Angeles International Airport as they returned home from dinner over the weekend, authorities said.
Carl Filnoy Jr., 28, was behind the wheel with his girlfriend around 2 a.m. Saturday when he was ambushed on the 405 Freeway off-ramp in Westchester, California, the California Highway Patrol said.
“As he was getting off the freeway, a car pulled up to him and maybe one or two people got out of the car and shot at him,” said Philnoy’s cousin, Jay Wilson. The station told TLA.
According to CHP investigators, a half-dozen shots were fired at Flenoy Jr.’s black Lexus, causing the vehicle to veer into traffic.
The victim was pronounced dead at the scene at the top of the La Tejira Boulevard off-ramp to the southbound 405 Freeway.
Although initial reports indicated the shooting was possibly connected to an earlier crash, Filnoy’s family said there was no road rage incident prior to the shooting.
Filano was returning from dinner with friends in Marina del Rey. Relatives said Filnoy was not involved in any altercation that night.
“There’s no reason to believe anyone would be out to get it,” Wilson said. “It’s just something that will never cross our minds.”
Cousins described the 28-year-old as a great father to his two young daughters as well as a loving brother and son.
“It’s heartbreaking because he’s a good guy,” she said.
Wilson appealed for any witnesses with information about the killing to come forward.
“We’re hoping somebody has a conscience,” Wilson said. “Someone out there saw something.” Someone saw something while driving.”
As of Thursday morning, no arrests had been made in the fatal shooting.