Another possible highway shooting was reported by the California Highway Patrol last night. An Oakland man was found shot in the head at about 2:30 a.m. near the Powell offramp of Eastbound I-80. He was taken by ambulance to Highland Hospital where he remains in critical condition according to a report by Bay Area News Group Crime reporter Rick Hurd.
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Initial reports indicated the shots were fired from the freeway but an official investigation was still pending. ”I don’t want to jump to any conclusions” noted CHP spokesman Officer John Fransen. One nearby resident who was awoken by the gunfire noted there were at least five shots “in quick succession”. KTVU is reporting that Emeryville Police also found a man identified as a pastor in the vehicle who was “covered in blood”.
The shooting would be the 36th on East Bay freeways since last November prompting calls by some safety advocates to increase law enforcement efforts and expedite plans for more highway cameras. No suspect(s) descriptions were provided and anyone with information is asked to call the CHP’s investigations unit at (510) 622-4609 or (800) 835-5247.
Since this is breaking news, we will update this post as new information becomes available.
Feature Image: Crime scene tape can be seen strewn across the Powell offramp (Photo: Cindy Warner).
Freeway shootings: Oakland man injured on I-80 near Emeryville offramp
By Rick Hurd
EMERYVILLE — Gunfire erupted again on an East Bay freeway Monday, striking an Oakland man in the head and leaving him in critical condition, the California Highway Patrol said.
The 27-year-old man remained at Highland Hospital early Monday afternoon, according to a CHP statement. Officers dispatched around 2:26 a.m. found him in the driver’s seat of a silver Nissan Altima at the Powell Street exit off eastbound Interstate 80, the CHP said.
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