Pleasanton man shot in I-680 road rage incident

Police: Injuries 'serious but not life threatening'

Investigators are trying to locate a driver who shot a Pleasanton man in Fremont early this morning after a highway road-rage incident, a police spokeswoman said.

"Two drivers engaged in some type of confrontation or road rage on Highway 680," police Officer Geneva Bosques said. "We have had a chance to talk to the victim but we got very little from him."

"We believe that the incident began on (Interstate) 680 sometime around 5:25 a.m. Our victim believes it may have started because maybe he was driving too slow," Bosques added.

Both drivers exited at Mission Boulevard and turned right onto Brown Road, and one driver fired a gun at the other car, hitting the driver, she said.

The driver fired multiple times into the passenger side of the Pleasanton man's vehicle, and Bosques said the victim was hit once and possibly grazed by another shot. She could not confirm how many shots were fired.

The shooter fled and has not been located.

The victim, a 59-year-old Pleasanton man, managed to drive several blocks and stopped near the East West Bank at 44615 Mission Blvd., Bosques said.

He suffered a gunshot wound to the abdomen and was taken to a hospital. He is expected to survive.

Bosques described the man's injuries as "serious but not life threatening."

"We hope to have a further update on him later today," she said, adding he'll likely require surgery.

The victim's dog, a German shepherd, was in the backseat of the car at the time of the shooting but was unhurt and was taken to the Tri-Valley Animal Rescue shelter, Bosques said.

Bosques said it remains unclear what exactly happened on the highway and are hoping to get more from the man later.

"We're still waiting to interview him more extensively today," she said of the victim.

She said it is possible both the suspect and the victim were acting aggressively.

"We strongly recommend that if people start to see themselves getting involved in a situation of road rage, they quickly do whatever they can to de-escalate the situation ... You never know the state of mind or what the other driver is capable of," Bosques said.

Anyone with more information on the shooting is asked to call Fremont police at (510) 790-6900.

In what Bosques described as an unrelated incident, members of the Fremont SWAT team joined detectives from the Pleasanton Police Department and others in what a news release describes as "a multi-agency warrant service."

A Pleasanton police news release said the warrant service is related to an open, on-going investigation involving Pleasanton Police Detectives and agents from the California Department of Justice.

"Due to the nature of the warrant service, investigators were assisted by SWAT teams from the Oakland Police Department, Fremont Police Department and the East County Tactical Team," the news release said. "Several people have been detained from multiple locations without resistance and without injury. As this is an on-going investigation, no specifics about the investigation will be released at this time."

The release said additional information will be provided at a later time.


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Posted by Mike
a resident of Highland Oaks
on Oct 24, 2013 at 2:58 pm


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Posted by kbenson
a resident of Bordeaux Estates
on Oct 24, 2013 at 4:18 pm

Road rage incidents can be very dangerous. It is quite simple to give the mid finger, shout obscenities or drive dangerously, but all of these can result in damage, injury or death.
It is difficult to remain calm when someone is being obnoxious or acting hostile, but it is better to remain calm and keep a good distance from them, then it is to raise your blood pressure or worse.

Regardless who started this incident, the person who shot, needs to be found, prosecuted and jailed.

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Oct 24, 2013 at 4:26 pm

My advice: IGNORE! Move on, drive safely, if possible, drive to the nearest police station.

Road rage can be deadly. Do not allow another individual to engage you in a no-win confrontation that could be lethal.

a very tragic story...

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