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CHP investigates San Francisco freeway road rage shooting

A California Highway Patrol vehicle drives on a street in the San Francisco Bay Area. | AdobeStock

The California Highway Patrol is investigating the latest in a series of apparent road rage shootings in the Bay Area this month, authorities said.

CHP officers responded to reports of a freeway shooting on northbound Interstate 280 south of the Highway 101 junction in San Francisco around 1:50 p.m. Monday and found a driver who had apparently been in a “traffic incident” with another vehicle, according to a statement released late Tuesday. The driver of that vehicle had apparently fired shots before fleeing the scene, officers said. The driver who reported the incident was unhurt.

Monday’s shooting was the fourth this month and is the latest in a string of possible road rage incidents on or around San Francisco freeways. CHP officials previously asked the public for help after a shooting June 19 on Highway 101 northbound south of the Interstate Highway 280 interchange. No one was hit by gunfire, and the victim sustained minor injuries from the crash. 

In a separate shooting around 8:15 p.m. last Saturday, CHP officers found an uninjured victim of a shooting in northbound Highway 101 lanes at Cesar Chavez Street. CHP officers also responded to a shooting June 1 in the southbound Highway 280 lanes north of Serramonte Boulevard in Daly City.

Neither San Francisco or San Mateo counties made the top 10 for freeway shootings, however. The most deadly place for highway shootings in the state is the Bay Area’s Alameda County, which includes Oakland. It had the most highway shootings of any county in California between January 2020 and April 2023, with 11 killed in freeway shooting incidents during that period, according to California Highway Patrol data analyzed by The Standard. Los Angeles County, which has six times as many people as Alameda County, was the second-worst in the state, with six people killed on its highways.

Anyone with information may call the CHP’s San Francisco office at 415-557-1094.