Victim in I-85 shooting identified

NORCROSS — The man who died in a shooting on I-85 over the weekend has been identified. Gwinnett County Police say the victim was 31-year-old Steven Vallejo of Norcross.

Police say Vallejo was shot and killed by another driver shortly after 12:30 a.m. Sunday. Homicide detectives determined that the two vehicles involved were traveling South on I-85 near the exit for Indian Trail Lilburn Road.

“For reasons currently unknown, the suspect fired one shot from his vehicle into the victim’s vehicle. The victim was struck by that round. He was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injury,” said police spokesman Michael Truesdell.

The Gwinnett County Homicide Unit is still actively working this case. The shooter’s vehicle has been described as a silver/gray 2010s model Chevrolet Malibu or Impala.

During the incident, the shooter’s vehicle struck the south bound Indian Trail Exit “101” sign. The vehicle will have moderate to extensive front-end damage.

The vehicle continued I-85 south bound after the incident. The driver was described as a black male.

According to police, the motive is still unknown, but road rage could be a factor. Detectives are asking anyone with information to call Gwinnett County Police (770-513-5300) or Crime Stoppers at 404-577-TIPS (8477) or visit

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