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OAKLAND, Calif. – Detectives are investigating a deadly shooting near the Bay Bridge toll plaza on Thursday morning, the California Highway Patrol said.
A burgundy and gray SUV was pulled off to the side of the freeway and there was a woman’s body found in the front passenger’s seat. The woman was killed in the shooting. A law enforcement source has identified her as Amani Morris, 29, of Oakland. They also say the shooting appears to have been deliberate.
CHP Golden Gate Division updated this afternoon to say a male driver and two juveniles were also in the SUV, a Buick Rendezvous. They were all uninjured.
Swarms of CHP cars were seen on westbound I-80. The vehicle was struck by gunfire just east of West Grand Avenue in Oakland. CHP said they took the phone call about the shooting at 9:12 a.m.
The source tells KTVU the suspect vehicle drove up from behind, pulled up alongside the SUV and started shooting into the vehicle numerous times.
The driver was apparently able to get off the freeway and pull off to the side of the access road to the toll plaza offices.
An Alameda County Sheriff’s Coroner van was spotted on scene.
The CHP was seen talking to witnesses and are still in the process of gathering information. They have requested assistance from the public to help solve this case.
The CHP has not disclosed any more details and no motive was given. It’s unclear who shot at the SUV. A description of the suspect vehicle has not been released.
There is also no word if the suspect vehicle carried on through the toll plaza, whether it was caught on camera, or if its license plate or FasTrak transponder were captured as it made it’s way onto the bridge.
Traffic was snarled for hours after the shooting by CHP cruisers that were collecting evidence.
Earlier this month, the CHP said there had been nearly 80 freeway shootings in Alameda County in the last 12 months.
“Extremely scary that the roads and freeways aren’t safe anymore,” said Raufat Ikharo of Antioch.
“I can’t imagine being in a car driving and all of a sudden getting hit by a bullet. It’s very traumatizing,” Savier Woodfox of Oakland said. He works as a driver for a food delivery service.
He said the frequency of freeway shootings in Oakland is alarming.
He said he’s careful to avoid getting involved in a road rage incident.
“It’s got me very mindful, very cautious and mindful of your surroundings. More aware of what you’re doing and how you go about doing it,” said Woodfox.
Nearly two weeks ago, a 23-month-old boy, Jasper Wu, was shot and killed by a stray bullet while he was in his car seat traveling on I-880.
“The violence makes it dangerous just for you to go outside your house,” said Laura Ruiz of Emeryville.
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Police were investigating reports of a possible shooting on the Bay Bridge on Thursday morning, the California Highway Patrol said. Swarms of CHP cars were seen on westbound I-80 near West Grand Avenue in Oakland. Nov. 18, 2021