LOS ANGELES, AUG. 2 -- A stunt driver for the television series "Dukes of Hazzard" was shot and wounded at a North Hollywood traffic light, becoming the latest victim of roadway violence gripping southern California, police said today.
The attack Saturday night on Henry Kingi, 43, the estranged husband of actress Lindsay Wagner, followed two separate shootings the same day that left two others wounded, and brought to 22 the number of traffic-related shootings reported in and around Los Angeles since June 18.
In all, three people have died and seven have been wounded in the rash of freeway gunplay. Six other people were injured in a four-car pileup Saturday triggered by an angry driver south of Los Angeles.
Kingi, a stunt driver for many of the car-crash scenes in the old CBS adventure-comedy television series "Dukes of Hazzard," was reported in serious condition with a gunshot wound to the side.
Kingi was driving with his 4-year-old son, Dorian, on Laurel Canyon Boulevard in North Hollywood at about 7:15 p.m. when the driver of a jeep cut in front of him, police Lt. Ron La Rue said.
Kingi told police the occupants of the jeep -- two men and four women -- pulled up next to him at a traffic light and began shouting obscenities. Both Kingi and the people in the jeep left their vehicles, La Rue said. "One of the occupants of the jeep approached Kingi, pointed a gun at his head and pulled the trigger, but it didn't fire," he said.
The gunman then kicked Kingi and again pointed the gun and fired, hitting Kingi in the arm and side.
The occupants of the jeep drove off. They were stopped by police about 40 minutes later, but the gunman, identified as Thomas Robison, 18, was gone, La Rue said. His companions were questioned and released. Robison remained at large.
Two people were hit by shotgun fire Saturday in Venice when a traffic argument turned violent. Police later arrested the suspected gunman, Gustavo Perez, on suspicion of attempted murder, Sgt. Steve Zipperman said. The victims were treated at a hospital and released.