Two More Motorists Injured As Highway Violence Spreads
Undated (AP) _ Random highway violence terrorizing Southern California has cropped up elsewhere in the West, with authorities reporting shootings in Washington state and Arizona and motorists being wounded in Bakersfield and near San Francisco.
Since mid-June, four people have been killed and more than a dozen injured on Southern California streets and freeways.
″We don’t wish this on anybody else, because, as you’ve been able to see here in Los Angeles County, people are afraid,″ Officer Ernie Garcia of the California Highway Patrol said Thursday.
Garcia conceded highway violence might extend beyond the region because, as he put it, ″guns are everywhere.″
In Northern California, Patricia Santos, 31, of San Jose was wounded in the leg Thursday when shots were fired from a car that pulled alongside hers on Interstate 280 near San Francisco.
She and her husband said there had been no altercation with the driver of the other car. ″At this point, it’s a random shooting,″ said Daly City police Detective Jim McHenry.
The Washington State Patrol said Thursday that two men were arrested after motorists on Interstate 5 in Lewis County reported that a shotgun was pointed at them from a car on the road shoulder.
In Arizona, Victor Arreola of La Puente, Calif., told police two shots were fired at his truck in Tucson by a motorist who may have been angry because his car was splashed with water. No one was injured.
Southern California recorded more incidents Thursday on the Santa Ana Freeway, the Pomona Freeway and in the Hollywood area. There were no injuries in those attacks but six arrests were made.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said that a side window of a car on the Santa Ana Freeway in Commerce was shattered Thursday, possibly by a shot from a BB gun.
Arnold Hernandez, 28, was driving north on the freeway when he ″heard a pop, turned to the left, and saw his left rear window shattered,″ said sheriff’s spokesman Van Mosley today. Deputies found a BB-sized hole in the window.
In Bakersfield, truck driver Carl Russell Miller, 27, of Long Beach was listed in good condition at Kern Medical Center with a facial wound caused by gunfire at about 3 a.m. Thursday on Highway 99 in Bakersfield.
A passing motorist in a small car shattered the windshield of Miller’s parked truck as he was moving inside the cab, said police Sgt. Bob Head.
In the Hollywood area of Los Angeles, two men were arrested Thursday after a right-of-way dispute led to gunfire in a parking lot.
On the Pomona Freeway near Diamond Bar, two 19-year-old men were arrested and police seized a pellet gun and a realistic plastic Uzi water gun after witnesses said they pointed a weapon at the driver of a truck Thursday, police said.
″Their story was, ’We were just screwing around,‴ Officer Bill Sharff said.
Two youths were booked for investigation of attempted murder after Stephen Broderson, 19, reported rifle shots fired into his car after an altercation on the Santa Ana Freeway, said Irvine police Lt. Mike White.