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California dad driving with his kids fatally shot in road rage incident, officials say

Marco Lara Jr.’s wife said that her husband was delivering food and that she and their 4-year-old daughter witnessed his shooting.

A California father was fatally shot in a road rage incident while his wife and children were in the car, officials said.

Marco Lara Jr. was shot to death on the 15 Freeway in Victorville, Calif., on Feb. 24, 2022.
Marco Lara Jr. was shot to death Thursday on Interstate 15 in Victorville, Calif.NBC Los Angeles

Marco Lara Jr., 24, was driving north on Interstate 15 on Thursday evening when another driver repeatedly brake-checked him, his wife, Katelyn, told NBC Los Angeles.

Lara was shot multiple times by an unidentified driver after they both pulled over and got out of their cars on an offramp in Victorville, 40 miles north of San Bernardino, the California Highway Patrol said.

The unidentified assailant fired multiple times at Lara and fled by car, CHP said.

Lara's wife told NBC Los Angeles that her husband was delivering food and that she and their 4-year-old daughter witnessed the shooting.

"He stood up for what he thought was right in the moment. He thought he could resolve what was going on with the other car," she said.

Their 1-year-old son was also in the car. Lara's wife said she could not make out the shooter or the car because it was dark.

Officials said the investigation is ongoing.