More than 40 motorists now claim their vehicles hit by pellets on I-680 in Fremont area

CHP, undercover officers searching hillsides for clues to shootings

More than 40 people have now reported their vehicles were shot with a BB gun within the past month on Interstate Highway 680 in the Fremont area, California Highway Patrol Sgt. Trent Cross said Wednesday.

Since word got out about the sniper Tuesday, victims with shattered windows or damage to the body of their vehicles have called from as far as Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, Cross said.

The shooter or shooters have been using BB or pellet guns, Cross said. Most of the shootings have occurred late at night on the weekend between the Mission Boulevard and Washington Boulevard exits, he said.

The CHP has increased patrols in the area and has both uniformed and undercover officers working around the clock to locate the suspect or suspects.

No one has been seriously injured in the shootings, but as it stands now, the suspect would face felony counts of assault with a deadly weapon if apprehended.

On Saturday, at least five vehicles were shot on the highway between 11:40 p.m. and 11:45 p.m., CHP Sgt. Rick Luciano said.

One couple was traveling north when the passenger window shattered and glass struck the woman's the face and neck, Luciano said. She was not hospitalized.

The CHP also found several dead pigeons in the area, Luciano said.

Cross said the CHP is not specifying where the shots are coming from because it could compromise the investigation.

Jesse Dungan,Bay City News

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Posted by Terry Walters
a resident of Castlewood Heights
on May 14, 2009 at 6:29 pm

Wow! This is very serious. Why did it take so long for it to become public? I would have liked to have known sooner. I travel that way often. It sounds like teenagers. They don't understand how serious their actions are. Hope they make an arrest soon. What is wrong with people these days. Why do we always want to hurt each other? I just don't get it.

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on May 14, 2009 at 6:33 pm

They understand how serious their actions are and they enjoy doing it. They are young criminals.

Hopefully, they will be caught or somebody will shoot back and take one of the kids out and then all hell will break loose.

I say shoot back when fired upon.

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on May 14, 2009 at 6:36 pm

If somebody puts up some serious money and it's announced on TV, a person in on the know will show up for the reward!

Maybe somebody will have to die first before the criminals are caught?

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Posted by Pleasanton resident
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 20, 2009 at 7:38 pm

I travel this way on a daily basis. I'm glad I read this. The thing about the area where most of the shots are supposedly coming from, is an area where the freeway is lower than the adjacent neighborhood so the perps are likely firing from a position where they can be spotted more opposed to other sections of 680 where this could practically be done from one's bedroom window.

When the perps get caught - and they almost assuredly will if they stupidly keep this up - they will be facing some serious hard time, and crimes like these are usually committed by kids who were just in it for some laughs and never considered jail as a realistic outcome of their activities. Thus, they will be hating life when they get caught.

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Posted by Get out of the wagon
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 20, 2009 at 7:52 pm

This was all over the news last week. It is a BB gun, so perhaps since it isn't a larger caliber gun is why it hasn't been aggressively reported? Still, check out the window that was shot out. Good grief, what is wrong with people? Web Link

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