SOUTH SACRAMENTO -- A normally packed stretch of Highway 99 was closed to traffic for several hours, as investigators sorted through the wreckage of several collisions caused by a shooting.
The shooting and three crashes happened near the 12th Avenue exit around 3:45 a.m. Saturday.
“First, we’re lucky that no one was shot and killed. For us getting away with just a couple minor to moderate injuries, we’re very thankful and very lucky that this wasn’t worse than it could’ve been,” Officer Jim Young with South Sacramento CHP said.
A Toyota Corolla was traveling southbound on Highway 99, south of Highway 50 when another car pulled up alongside it and began shooting into the car.
The driver in the Corolla ducked down and the car veered to the right and side swiped a metal guardrail and some construction barrels. The car then rolled over and came to a stop in the traffic lanes.
“There were actually 3 other occupants in the vehicle beside the driver. All 4 were able to get out of the vehicle by themselves, exit and go to the right hand shoulder,” Young explained.
They got out just in time, because moments later, another car crashed into the Corolla sending it spinning on the highway hitting another vehicle.
“And then right after that, two other vehicles trying to avoid these cars were in a collision. So technically we had three collisions,” Young said.
Investigators went to nearby businesses searching for surveillance footage. They’re hoping these cameras may have captured the suspect vehicle, that fired those initial shots.
Highway patrol says it’s unclear if this was a random drive-by shooting, or if the shooter was targeting the Corolla for some reason.
Either way, they want your help finding who’s responsible
“Come forward. Give us a little information so we can find these people who were doing something so dangerous on the freeway,” Young said.
There were only a couple of minor injuries from the crashes, but all of the victims are expected to be okay.
If you saw anything, please call CHP at 916-861-1300.