Gunmen Shoot Up Party Bus on Calif. Freeway

Then one of the victims allegedly attacked an officer
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 12, 2016 3:54 PM CST
Gunmen Shoot Up Party Bus on Calif. Freeway

Two men in a red SUV opened fire on a party bus full of people on a California freeway early Saturday, the Los Angeles Times reports. The bus was leaving San Francisco and entering Oakland sometime before 2:30am when the SUV pulled up alongside it and shots were fired. According to KTVU, there were at least nine bullet holes in the bus. Four people inside the bus were injured, one critically. All four are expected to survive. The bus driver pulled over and flagged down officers to report the shooting. Investigators say the bus contained a number of couples but wouldn't say how many.

The partiers bus refused to give statements to officers and were—to put it mildly—less than cooperative. One woman allegedly kicked an officer, while another "forced her way out of an ambulance." The woman who escaped the ambulance ran off, and authorities aren't sure as to her whereabouts, the AP reports. “With respect to their level of noncooperation, it wasn’t due to inebriation or intoxication,” one California Highway Patrol trooper tells the Times. “This is not a random incident…This definitely appeared to be more of a targeted incident.” This is the eighth freeway shooting in the Oakland area since November. Officials are blaming the outbreak on a gang war. (More Oakland stories.)

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