Two truckers report being shot at on highway in New Mexico

| Thursday, November 29, 2007

The U.S. Postal Service is offering a $50,000 reward for information on the shooting of a trucker in New Mexico on Friday, Nov. 23.

Police say 53-year-old William Bamfield was southbound on U.S. Highway 550 about 60 miles north of Albuquerque around 7 p.m. Friday. Bamfield, who works for R&L Stageline, was pulling an unmarked mail trailer when he spotted a dark sedan parked on the northbound shoulder.

State police spokesman Sgt. Andrew Tingwall described what the trucker told him.

“As he passed the vehicle, the vehicle turned around and followed behind him. The truck driver stated that the vehicle drove to the right side of the truck as if he was going to pass and then someone from the vehicle shot what we believe to be four rounds, pistol rounds, medium caliber … into the truck cab,” Tingwall told “Land Line Now.”

“Apparently, 30 minutes earlier that day another semi truck around the same area on U.S. 550 was traveling northbound. ... The operator of that truck said somebody shot at his truck, but he continued driving up to Farmington where he reported the incident.”

Officials reported that Bamfield was hit once in the thigh and was in the hospital in stable condition.

No one’s in custody in relation to the shooting incidents, and police said they haven’t had any other reports of shootings in that area.

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