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Highway Violence In Two States Leaves One Dead In Five Shootings

August 8, 1988

Undated (AP) _ One man was killed, five people were wounded and a Greyhound bus was hit with bullets in five apparently random highway shootings in Oregon and Colorado, authorities said.

Jody Wayne Dixon, 28, was killed Sunday evening while he sat inside a pickup truck in congested traffic on U.S. 26 about 10 miles west of Portland, Ore., police said.

A second pickup truck raced to the head of the line, pulled in front of waiting vehicles, got off the freeway and fired on the traffic from the exit ramp, said Senior Trooper Norma Adamse.

Earlier Sunday in Portland, a motorist opened fire on the car in which Diana Harris, 19, was riding on Interstate 84, police said. Ms. Harris was wounded in the foot and was in good condition at a hospital, police spokesman Dave Simpson said.

No arrests were made in the shootings, which police said were not related.

Colorado’s first shooting occurred Sunday when a Greyhound bus was hit with three bullets as it passed a van on Interstate 70 in west-central Colorado. One woman suffered facial cuts from flying glass. No arrests were made.

A drive-by shooting on Interstate 70 in northeast Denver later Sunday left Cung La, 17, in critical condition with a head wound and his two passengers in good condition, said Denver General nursing supervisor Pam Bourg. No arrests were made.

One passenger told investigators their car cut off another car, which then chased them, said patrolman Dan O’Shea.

The third Colorado shooting apparently was the result of a near-collision in Silverthorne, about 60 miles west of Denvert, said police Lt. Bill Barnett.

A man was arrested for allegedly shooting at a car carrying a woman and her four children, Barnett said. No injuries were reported.

Last summer, highway shootings killed five people and injured at least 20 in Southern California.

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