Pellet gun sniper targets a dozen drivers

May 11, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
Nearly a dozen drivers have found themselves in the crosshairs of a pellet-gun sniper on a busy Bay Area freeway and police want to stop it before someone gets killed. The shootings are taking place along Highway 680 between Washington Boulevard and Sheridan Road, near the Fremont-Sunol border.

MOST POPULAR: Video, stories and more
SIGN-UP: Get breaking news sent to you

Officers are paying close attention to the stretch of Highway 680 in hopes of catching the person responsible. They are also paying close attention to the areas alongside the freeway.

A Range Rover was moving along northbound Highway 680. At 11:45 p.m. on Saturday, someone shot at the passenger side window. The driver, who was with his wife and 10-year-old child, doesn't want to be identified, but told ABC7 what happened.

"We heard a loud explosion that sounded like a gunshot and a millisecond later the driver's, excuse me, the passenger's side window of the car blew out and blew glass all over the car," says the driver.

The California Highway Patrol says four other cars were hit that night as well and several more over the past week and a half, in both the north and southbound directions in or near Fremont. Officers say based on the evidence collected from the vehicles so far, the person responsible is shooting pellets with an air-powered rifle.

"The shooting is coming from the roadside, possibly the hills. The freeway is lower there and possibly from a residence or there's a park in the area," says Officer Richard Percy with the CHP.

Investigators say they are following up on several leads and hope to make an arrest soon. Luckily, no one's been seriously hurt, but officers fear it's only a matter of time.

"Anytime you have a vehicle in transport or in motion and something goes wrong with that vehicle or there's some sort of outside interference with the driver, there's always a potential for catastrophe," says Percy.

"I mean if I had a little vigilante-ism in me, I would probably go out and try to find him myself. It's only by luck that my wife wasn't seriously injured and we weren't seriously injured," says the driver.

Fremont Police and the Alameda County Sheriff's Department are working with the CHP. They want anyone with information to call them.

       Today's latest headlines | ABC7 News on your phone
Follow us on Twitter | Fan us on Facebook | Get our free widget