Rolling gun battles are common on California freeways
By Jennifer Cruz
Authorities investigate a car-to-car shooting that unfolded July 14, 2013, on a freeway in Jurupa Valley, California. (Photo: The Press-Enterprise)
The freeways of California’s Bay Area have become an increasingly commonplace for gun battles over the last two years, and while authorities say some are the result of road rage other factors, the vast majority are gang-related.
There have been 100 car-to-car shootings on Bay Area freeways in the past 21 months. They have claimed the lives of eight people and left 39 injured, according to California Highway Patrol statistics gathered by local media. So far this year, the Northern California region has seen 34 freeway shootings, up from 28 last year.
Freeway shootings in the area have averaged about one per week, but this week saw two such shootings occur in as many days, the latest unfolding Tuesday night just after 10 p.m. in the Hayward area. Witnesses told authorities they observed a “person hanging out of a car window shooting at another vehicle.” In that incident, two teens suffered only minor injuries from broken glass and shrapnel, but the suspects were never apprehended.
On Monday, a man was left in critical condition when he was shot in the head in San Leandro