OAKLAND, Calif. (KRON) – The Alameda County Sheriff’s Office says one of their own deputy recruits was struck and killed by gunfire Tuesday while driving on a Bay Area freeway.
Video shows sheriff’s deputies lined up outside Highland Hospital escorting the 28-year-old’s body with an American flag draped over him.
The sheriff’s office later identified the recruit as David Nguyen.
The California Highway Patrol is investigating the deadly freeway shooting that happened at 4:30 p.m. on 580 West on the MacArthur Maze before the Bay Bridge Toll Plaza.
The shooter fired a gun into Nguyen’s personal car as he was driving home from work, causing him to crash into a guardrail.
When officers arrived Nguyen was immediately taken to the hospital where he later died from his injuries.
The sheriff’s office told the Associated Press Nguyen was set to graduate in February.
Sgt. J.D. Nelson, a spokesman for the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office, caught up with KRON4 on the phone Tuesday night. He was in shock that this type of violence continues to happen on Bay Area freeways.
“It’s just awful. It has come to this where people just fire on people on the freeway,” Sgt. Nelson said. “I’m just at a loss for words. It’s kind of hitting home today. It’s just an awful, awful experience.”