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Naked woman who allegedly shot at cars on Bay Bridge faces charges in San Francisco

The Bay Bridge at dusk with vehicles crossing it
Cars head into San Francisco along the Bay Bridge. | Source: Adobe Stock

The woman suspected of firing a gun at vehicles on the Bay Bridge while wearing no clothing has been charged by the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office.

District Attorney Brooke Jenkins announced Tuesday that Sequoia Dunkinsell, 32, of Sacramento, has been charged in connection with the July 25 shooting that snarled traffic and was caught on video and circulated widely online.

Dunkinsell was arraigned on Tuesday and pled not guilty to all charges and allegations.

Dunkinsell is charged with shooting at an occupied vehicle, making criminal threats, three counts of assault with a semi-automatic firearm, one count of negligent discharge of a firearm, four counts of brandishing a firearm, one count of possession of a loaded firearm and one count of reckless driving.

Dunkinsell is alleged to have been driving recklessly on eastbound Interstate 80 before getting out of her vehicle naked and firing shots into the air and at passing vehicles during rush hour at around 4:40 p.m. last week.

“I am grateful that there was no loss of life in connection to this incident and to the California Highway Patrol for successfully de-escalating, disarming and apprehending Ms. Dunkinsell,” Jenkins said. “The incident on the freeway was terrifying and endangered the lives of countless commuters. We will do everything in our power to ensure that there is appropriate accountability.”

Dunkinsell’s next court date is Aug. 11 for a preliminary hearing.

The court set no bail and Dunkinsell is currently in custody, the DA’s Office said. If convicted of all charges, she faces more than 22 years in state prison.

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