Road rage likely not factor in deadly I-95 shooting in Norwalk area, police say

FILE PHOTO - State police continue to investigate a deadly drive-by shooting on I-95 in Darien. 

FILE PHOTO - State police continue to investigate a deadly drive-by shooting on I-95 in Darien. 

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As the two survivors of a deadly drive-by shooting on Interstate 95 recover, state police are trying to find out what led to the explosive gunfire this week that left a car with wounded passengers on a Darien road and a highway littered with nearly a dozen shell casings. 

Earl Gayle, 31, who had been sitting in the front passenger seat of the 2013 Infiniti G37, was fatally shot and pronounced dead at the hospital, state police said. Rashawn McCalla, 28, who was in the back seat, underwent surgery for his wounds. Police did not have an update on his condition, but a spokesperson for Stamford Hospital said there was no record of anyone by that name there on Friday.

The driver, Jovel McKenzie, 24, was less seriously injured and declined to go to the hospital. A bullet grazed his right shoulder, police said.   
All three men were from New York. 

State police believe the gunfire came from another vehicle on the highway in the pre-dawn hours Wednesday. The shooting is not believed to be completely random: Police said they believed it was “isolated,” which Trooper Pedro Muñiz said means it was unique, something that’s “only occurring once.” 

Asked if police think it was planned, with the shooters following the Infiniti, he said, “we wouldn’t know that yet."

"That’s all part of the investigation," he said. 

Muniz said detectives were still conducting interviews, but he said "there’s no indication that it was road rage."

The barrage of gunfire hit the southbound car about 3:45 a.m. Wednesday. The situation didn't come to the attention of Darien police until a sergeant noticed a car slowly heading south on Noroton Avenue near Maple Street and I-95, local police said.

Troopers shut down the southbound lanes of I-95 between exits 18 and 16 for hours on Wednesday as they walked the highway, looking for evidence.

They found 10 shell casings south of the Exit 16 on-ramp in Norwalk , state police said.