A rifle was found following a widespread search Wednesday that prompted the closure of westbound Interstate 80 in the Roseville-Rocklin area.
“Evidence was collected during the search, including one rifle,” said Rob Baquera, Roseville Police Department spokesman.
Baquera said the sound of gunshots was heard at 4:45 a.m. along a creek in a greenbelt in Roseville near the Maya Bow Club in the vicinity of Berry Street and North Harding Boulevard. Witnesses reported the shots, and when police arrived they called in more officers.
Baquera said that officers spotted two men in their 20s running away with rifles. The two with rifles ran into woods, and helicopters were called in to search from the air. The men were not found.
Some officers remained in the area to look for additional evidence after the search was completed.
The freeway was closed from Rocklin Road to Eureka Boulevard about 6:30 a.m., forcing westbound travelers to exit at Highway 65, take surface streets, then return to I-80 during the busy morning commute.
After a couple of hours, the freeway was partially reopened. All lanes eventually opened by noon.
Police closed westbound I-80 because the creek borders the freeway, Baquera said. Officers were using caution by shutting down the westbound lanes.
“Initially, the shots were fired close to Interstate 80,” Baquera said. “The initial search area was adjacent to I-80. So the decision was made to close westbound lanes in case something happened.”