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Sacramento police investigate ‘road rage,’ freeway shootings

Cars are bottle necked under the train overpass after driving past the E street entrance on the Capital City Freeway during rush hour in Sacramento, Calif.
Cars are bottle necked under the train overpass after driving past the E street entrance on the Capital City Freeway during rush hour in Sacramento, Calif. bnguyen@sacbee.com

Sacramento police say they are investigating two vehicle shooting incidents early Saturday, including one involving road rage that erupted at a drive-thru restaurant about 4 a.m.

In both cases, vehicle passengers were injured.

In one incident about 4 a.m. Saturday, a driver and passenger were on Interstate 80 near Watt Avenue and Auburn Boulevard when an unknown male driving another vehicle fired on them. The passenger was injured and transported to an area hospital, according to a written summary from police.

At nearly the same time, a driver and unspecified number of passengers were parked in a drive-thru in the Stockton Boulevard and Elder Creek Road area when someone in the vehicle behind them pulled a gun. As the two vehicles left the drive-thru, the occupants of the second vehicle began throwing things at the first vehicle in what police described as a “road rage incident.” The second vehicle took off and someone inside fired at the other vehicle, hitting a passenger.

Police could not be reached Sunday to provide more details.

Other incidents of drivers and passengers firing on cars have taken place in the past year.

In February, 19-year-old Christian Torres was driving south on Norwood Avenue near the westbound Interstate 80 overpass when someone in another vehicle fired into his vehicle. Police found him unresponsive after his car drifted into oncoming traffic and collided with a pickup. He died a day later from his injuries.

In May of last year, an altercation at a funeral led to a gunfight between two cars on 65th Street east of Stockton Boulevard. The occupants of the cars fired on one another until another car rammed one of them, causing a pileup. No one was injured from gunfire, though the resulting car crash caused minor injuries for two people.

In February 2015, two people were driving near Meadowview Road and 22nd Street when someone in another car opened fire on them. One man, James Jackson, 20, died. Another victim was injured.

Ellen Garrison: 916-321-1920, @EllenGarrison

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