The California Highway Patrol is reporting that a fatal shooting occurred this morning on westbound Interstate Highway 80 in Richmond.
The shooting occurred at 1:08 a.m., when CHP began receiving calls about a traffic collision near Hilltop Drive in Richmond. Officers responded to the scene and located the driver and only occupant of the vehicle down an embankment from the freeway.
According to a preliminary investigation, a man in his 40s who hasn’t been identified was driving a silver Jeep SUV near Richmond Parkway when occupants of an unknown vehicle drove alongside and fired several rounds into the Jeep.
The Jeep’s driver allowed the vehicle to drift across the roadway and down a steep embankment to the right of the freeway. The Jeep overturned several times, and the driver was ejected from the vehicle, CHP said.
Richmond Fire Department personnel arrived on scene and pronounced the victim deceased at 1:43 a.m.
As of 9 a.m. CHP investigators were on scene and had all lanes of Interstate 80 closed, with traffic being diverted off the freeway at Appian Way. The roadway is estimated to reopen at 10:30 a.m. or later.
Investigators believe the victim was specifically targeted by the suspect.
“There is no danger to the public at this time,” CHP said.
Any witnesses or anyone with information is asked to call CHP’s non-emergency dispatch line at 707-551-4100, or the Investigative Services Unit at 510-622-4609.
This homicide was the latest in a string of shootings on Interstate 80 in the East Bay in the last several months, and investigators believe some of the incident may be connected.
Past incidents include:
On Feb. 7, a nonfatal shooting near Appian Way shut down all lanes in that direction for about an hour.
On Jan. 11, three people were injured on eastbound I-80 near Richmond Parkway.
On Dec. 17, a person was shot and injured during the afternoon on I-80 near San Pablo Dam Road.
On Nov. 24, a shooting did not injure anyone, but put a family in danger in eastbound lanes on I-80 near University Avenue in Berkeley about 9:45 p.m.
On Nov. 10, a man was killed and woman in the eastbound lanes on I-80 near Pinole Valley Road about 11 p.m.
On Nov. 2, two westbound lanes on the highway near San Pablo Dam Road were temporarily closed after a man was shot and critically injured while driving.
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