A freeway shooting in the East Bay early Monday has left one driver hospitalized in critical condition, police said.
The shooting occurred around 2:30 a.m. on Interstate 880, near the Interstate 238 interchange in the San Leandro-San Lorenzo border. The California Highway Patrol said officers were responding to an initial call of a road rage incident.
The victim's car came to a stop on the fast lane of southbound I-880. Police are not sure if the confrontation began on Interstate 880 or on one of the side streets.
CHP said all they know is the passenger in a white car fired several rounds at the victim's car. The victim was shot in the head and the shooter remains outstanding, according to the CHP.
Three additional passengers were uninjured in the shooting, CHP said, adding the suspect's car also had three to four passengers.
CHP investigators said there are few witnesses with virtually no traffic on the road at the time of shooting.
The southbound lanes of I-880 were closed at 2:44 a.m. and a Sig-alert was issued a few minutes later, CHP officials said. Lanes didn't open until 9 a.m. due to the investigation.
The shooting comes on the heels of several other freeway shootings to take place across the East Bay over the past several months and years.
"Because of those incidents, we are taking this extremely seriously and with extra precaution, which is why we've had media so far back and this road closure for so long," CHP Officer Joe Fowler said while lanes were still blocked. "We want to collect every evidence that we can, all the pieces, all the information and get all the data that we can to help out this investigation."
The investigation is ongoing.
Bay City News contributed to this report.