Highway 99 reopens after car-to-car shooting near 12th Avenue leaves two people injured

A car-to-car shooting Saturday evening on Highway 99 between 12th and 47th avenues left two people injured and briefly closed the southbound side of the roadway in south Sacramento, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The shooting occurred around 5:50 p.m. when a shooter inside a white SUV fired upon a red SUV on the freeway south of 12th Avenue, according to Officer Michael Bradley, a spokesman for CHP’s South Sacramento division.

One person, a passenger in the red SUV, suffered major injuries from a gunshot wound while the driver suffered minor injuries in the incident, Bradley said. The shooter and the white SUV fled the scene, he said.

Traffic was briefly diverted off of Highway 99 at 12th Avenue in Oak Park, causing major backups on 99 and the adjoining Capital City Freeway. Bradley said the freeway was reopened to traffic just after 8:45 p.m. and Caltrans cameras showed traffic flowing soon after.

The investigation into the incident was ongoing, and the CHP urged anyone with information about the incident to call its dispatch center at 916-861-1300.