More shootings on California highways

| Monday, July 11, 2005

The California Highway Patrol is asking for help in locating a vehicle whose occupants are wanted in connection with two shootings that occurred on Interstate 80 in the San Francisco Bay area.

Investigators are searching for a white, four-door 1980s Cadillac with blue California license plates. According to media reports, on Saturday, July 9, near Hercules, CA, the passenger of the Cadillac shot two teenagers in a 2003 Toyota Corolla after the cars exchanged gang signs.

The driver of the Corolla was shot twice in his left leg, while his front passenger suffered a graze wound to his head. The driver underwent surgery, while the passenger was treated and released.

Police are also searching for the occupants of a silver four-door sedan in connection with a second shooting that occurred Sunday, July 10, near Fairfield, CA. The driver of the vehicle allegedly fired shots at the driver of a 1994 Cadillac. The victim is in serious to critical condition from a head injury, The Associated Press reported.

The incidents follow a period of highway violence and possible gang activity on California’s roadways. According to CHP, a string of 11 shootings in Southern California earlier this year prompted the creation of a task force to investigate the problem.

Anyone with information regarding the Hercules or Fairfield investigations is encouraged to call CHP at 1-800-TELL-CHP (1-800-835-5247).

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