Police investigate I-680 pellet gun sniper

May 12, 2009 11:37:15 PM PDT
It's even worse than police thought. On Tuesday night, more drivers reported they were shot at along a Bay Area freeway. There are now at least 25 reports of cars hit with BBs or pellets on a stretch of Interstate 680 between Mission and Washington boulevards in Fremont.

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There have been over two dozen shootings, but no one has been seriously hurt yet. Regardless, California Highway Patrol officers are on high alert.

There was significant damage caused by someone shooting a pellet at Monica Spangler's car. Her daughter was driving home to Fremont on April 10th when it happened.

"It's scary, someone was shooting at my kid and that just really scares me. This could have ended badly," said Spangler.

Her daughter wasn't hurt, but the whole family is shaken by what's happened. A total of 25 people are telling CHP the same story, with 15 coming forward on Tuesday alone. The shootings have been going on for more than a month. Five drivers reported being shot at on Saturday night alone.

"We would hate for someone to be driving along the freeway and their window shatters, they panic, lose control of their vehicle and are involved in a major injury crash or fatal," said CHP Sgt. Trent Cross.

The CHP is upping patrols from Washington to Mission boulevards. They're also checking residential and wooded areas off the freeway. They think the shooter may have been hiding there.

Talk of the freeway shootings filled Jenny's Nail Salon, on Washington Boulevard. It's located near the I-680 on ramp.

"They could be anywhere. Those hills are really large, there's lots of room to hide, it is kind of frightening," said Dublin resident Susan Roach.

"If it's happening to anyone, I hope they find the guy, or the girl, whoever's doing it. I hope they find them," said Fremont resident Mary Vanek.

Until they do, Vanek is changing not just her driving habits, but her children's as well. She says I-680 through Fremont will be off limits.

CHP officers do say it's not necessary to change your driving habits, but if you do notice someone lurking in the bushes or on the side of a freeway, you should definitely call for help -- especially at nighttime.

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