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Naked woman flashes knife, fires gun at cars stuck in Bay Bridge traffic, CHP says

The Bay Bridge at dusk with vehicles crossing it
The Bay Bridge briefly closed after reports of a naked woman with a gun on Tuesday, July, 25, 2023 | Source: Adobe Stock

The Bay Bridge reopened after a brief closure Tuesday evening due to a knife-wielding, gun-brandishing naked woman shooting at cars stuck in traffic, according to authorities.

All lanes were closed at 5:25 p.m. and all but one was reopened at 5:41 p.m., a California Highway Patrol spokesperson told The Standard.

The incident was first reported to CHP around 4:40 p.m. when a driver told dispatchers a woman was brandishing a gun while driving recklessly in the eastbound lanes, authorities said Tuesday evening.

A woman is seen being loaded into an emergency medical service vehicle after allegedly firing a gun while walking naked on the Bay Bridge on July 25, 2023. CHP officers can also be seen walking along a section of the bridge. | Courtesy KGO-TV/ABC7 News

The woman allegedly stopped, got out of the car with a knife and was "yelling at other drivers," CHP said.

After getting back in her car and driving a short distance, she stopped again near the toll plaza and got out of her car fully naked and holding a gun, authorities said.

"Callers advised that she was carrying a firearm (pistol) and that she began firing shots into the air and then at occupied vehicles stopped in the backup," the CHP spokesperson told The Standard around 7 p.m.

A woman is seen being loaded into an emergency medical service vehicle after firing a gun while walking naked on the Bay Bridge on July 25, 2023. | Source: KGO-TV/ABC7 News

The woman then walked on the eastbound shoulder to the Interstate 880 transition ramp where officers detained her without further incident, CHP said. She was taken to a local hospital for a psychiatric evaluation.

No injuries were reported during the incident, CHP said, adding that authorities reopened the I-880 transition ramp at 6:04 p.m.

Joel Umanzor can be reached at jumanzor@sfstandard.com
Garrett Leahy can be reached at garrett@sfstandard.com