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Man Arrested After Shooting At Motorist On Highway

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File photo of police on highway. (Credit: ROBAYO/AFP/Getty Images)

File photo of police on highway. (Credit: ROBAYO/AFP/Getty Images)

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RENO, Nev. (AP) — A Reno woman was killed and a 29-year-old man who knew her was arrested on suspicion of murder in a shooting Monday on the edge of town that shut down part of U.S. Highway 395 for more than seven hours through the morning commute.

Police and state troopers were called at 2:35 a.m. after a traffic accident was reported and someone began shooting at passing motorists on the highway north of Reno between Stead and Lemmon Valley, Reno police Sgt. Dave Della said.

Arriving officers found the shooting victim next to a car in the highway median and were trying to resuscitate her when the suspect was taken into custody without incident, Della said.

The 31-year-old woman was declared dead at the scene. Her name was being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

The suspect, Jeffrey Rodriguez, knew the victim, but the two apparently were in separate vehicles, police said. Rodriguez was being held without bail on suspicion of open murder, three counts of assault with a deadly weapon and two counts of ex-felon in possession of a firearm, Della said.

The Reno Gazette-Journal reported Rodriguez lives in Stead and is a registered sex offender who was convicted in Clark County of coercion in 2008. Police said they did not know if he had a lawyer.

The shooting forced the rerouting of traffic for several miles in both directions into mid-morning along the major north-south route through Reno that intersects with U.S. Interstate 80. All lanes were open by 10:30 a.m.

Detectives were continuing to interview a number of witnesses.

“We are still trying to figure out the sequence of events,” police Commander Mac Venzon said. “We had a crime scene basically in the middle of the freeway.”

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