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March 01, 2004
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8 Possible Sniper Shootings Reported on No. Calif. Freeway

The Associated Press

HAYWARD, Calif. (AP) -- Authorities are now investigating eight possible freeway shootings east of San Francisco after two more motorists came forward Saturday, the California Highway Patrol said.

One motorist was driving on Interstate 580 in San Leandro last Monday evening when the vehicle's back window shattered. The driver initially thought a rock or debris had hit the car, but called investigators after seeing news reports about the suspected shootings, CHP officers said Sunday.

Another motorist reported a similar incident that also happened Monday on I-580.

So far, investigators have found bullet fragments in three of the vehicles targeted on the stretch of the freeway between San Leandro and Dublin. Only one person has been injured in the suspected attacks.

Seven of the incidents occurred on Monday evening. Another happened on Friday afternoon when a motorist's rear window exploded as she was driving westbound on I-580 in Castro Valley. No evidence of what caused the incident was found in the car, police said.

Two drivers have reported seeing a balding man in his 30s driving a black pickup truck at the time of the shootings, but neither victim actually saw the man fire a gun, CHP officers said.

CHP Sgt. Wayne Ziese said investigators are following "a number of different leads."

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Investigators said the attacks appear to be random and have no clue to the gunman's motive.






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