Bullets Shatter Rear Window, Leave Holes in Vehicle After Another East Bay Highway Shooting

December 11, 2017 10:58 am · 17 comments

A shooting Sunday afternoon on eastbound Interstate Highway 80 in unincorporated Contra Costa County shattered a car’s rear window and left three bullet holes in the vehicle, a California Highway Patrol spokesman said today.

At about 1 p.m., a Volkswagen sedan was traveling east on Highway 80 at El Portal Drive when the driver heard two gunshots and then a loud boom, CHP Officer Matthew Hamer said.

That’s when the driver realized the rear window of her car had been shot out.

Hamer said before the shooting was over, a bullet had struck the left rear door, two bullets hit the trunk and the shooting shattered the passenger side mirror.

The driver of the Volkswagen was the only person inside her car and she escaped injury. No one else on the highway was injured, Hamer said.

CHP officers shut down the highway for about 40 minutes to look for shell casings and process the scene. Hamer said officers do not have any information on a suspect or the suspect’s vehicle.

In March, CHP officials said there had been 111 freeway shootings in the Bay Area since the start of 2015.

Thirty-six of those shootings occurred in central and western Contra Costa County.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call the Oakland CHP office at (510) 450-3821.

rich December 11, 2017 at 11:16 AM

In this day and age all of our Urban freeways need to be covered by cameras with license plate readers. The readers only need to keep hits on stolen or wanted cars.

TIFOKCIS December 11, 2017 at 11:53 AM

Shooting at women sounds like your average West County resident.

When they’re not ganged up 2-3 on one mugging a woman, they just shoot at them.

HolyMolyDoughnutShop December 11, 2017 at 11:59 AM


chuckie the troll December 11, 2017 at 11:59 AM

It’s a good thing California has such strict gun control laws. Too bad we release felons from prison so quickly.

Original G December 11, 2017 at 12:13 PM

License plate reading cameras in Pittsburg were approved, bought, installed and up and running on highway 4 in mere weeks.

“In six weeks, we have not only talked about putting cameras, but we are installing cameras,” Pittsburg Police Captain Ron Raman said.:

Contra Costa County supervisors talked about license plate reading cameras but that was over a year ago. Have not heard of a single camera being installed.

When CA’s pot taxation gets into full swing driving up the cost of legal pot and a thriving black market of pot selling grows you can expect level of violence between rival pot selling gangs to increase.

Progressive liberal democrats in state legislature saw dollar signs in pot taxes. Again their shallow thought knee jerk actions will cause crime.

Bunny December 12, 2017 at 3:13 AM

We haven’t had a lot of pot growers or sellers shooting at each other. The violent stuff comes with meth and heroin. Pot’s not the problem.

Ricardoh December 11, 2017 at 12:17 PM

It is like some live in a different world. My bet is none of the shooters knew their father and maybe the mother didn’t know who it was either. Obvious raised by old overwhelmed grandmother. We have many separate worlds in the Bay Area.

Badge1104 December 11, 2017 at 5:49 PM

Oh, that is so true!

ConcordMike December 12, 2017 at 9:03 PM

I think you hit the nail on the head. A lot of them are taught that they won’t live past the age of thirty anyway.

The Mamba December 11, 2017 at 1:07 PM

That’s terrifying, mistaken identity?

Willy December 11, 2017 at 2:17 PM

Highway 4 is a zoo, literally.

PO'd December 11, 2017 at 2:44 PM

It’s Norteno vs Sureno vs the average motorist. I hope the plate readers help,
but only if the police go after paper plates.

Badge1104 December 11, 2017 at 5:52 PM

I wonder now about how is effective those plate readers are. Thugs are using paper plates and stolen cars to do their crimes in now.

KAD December 11, 2017 at 3:19 PM

This is scary. Not safe to get on the highways any longer. Paper plates need to be done away with entirely. That should help some.

Cellophane December 11, 2017 at 4:11 PM

When the government takes away peoples guns only the criminals will have guns, case in point…

This state is ass backwards…

The Grouch December 11, 2017 at 6:05 PM

I wonder how many of these incidents are the result of some armed, mental midget taken offense at the lousy driving of our fellow citizens. I see so many selfish, me-first idiots driving around town and figure every now and then one of them will tick off some fool with a weapon.

old-school guy December 12, 2017 at 11:36 AM

And that is why I don’t drive slow in the fast lane. (Love this new reply format).

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