Police create task force after highway shootings

| 5/3/2005

Following a recent outbreak of shootings along Southern California’s freeways, the California Highway Patrol has created an investigative team aimed at quickly tracking down leads.

California has seen eight freeway shootings in the last two months, with three of them occurring in the past week alone. The most recent occurred May 2, when a bullet was shot through the windshield of a sport utility vehicle. That driver was not injured, but four previous victims were killed.

California has had 11 freeway shooting incidents so far this year, according to the highway patrol. None appear to have involved drivers of semi trucks. Most of the shootings occurred in Los Angeles, Orange and Riverside counties.

Violence of this kind is nothing new on California’s highways. The state reported 36 freeway shootings in 2004, with only one death. And in 2003, there were 46 incidents, with four fatalities.

Police officials say they have no reason to suspect that the recent shootings are linked and are asking all motorists to be on the lookout for suspicious behavior.

Police are asking anyone with information about the shootings to call 1-877-LAWFULL (1-877-529-3855).