2 Shot While Driving On Interstate 80 In Contra Costa County

HERCULES (CBS SF) — Two people were injured when someone shot at a car containing several children on Interstate Highway 80 in Hercules on Tuesday night, police said.

The victims were driving east on I-80 between Pinole Valley Road and state Highway 4 in a white Pontiac around 10:40 p.m. when someone in another vehicle fired into their car, Hercules police said.

A man and a woman, both 24, were hit by the gunfire, and the driver lost control and spun out onto the shoulder of the highway, police said.

An attendant at the 76/Circle K gas station on nearby Willow Road said the victims pulled off the highway and stopped at the gas station after the shooting.

Police said there were three adults and four young children in the car. The children were not hurt, and the two injured adults were taken to a hospital.

According to the California Highway Patrol, someone had called 911 at 10:35 p.m. reporting that there was a pedestrian on the highway, causing traffic to swerve in order to avoid hitting him.

CHP Officer Peter Van Eckhardt said Hercules police and the CHP briefly closed part of I-80 for investigation. All lanes of traffic were blocked for approximately 20 minutes while the roadway was searched for evidence.

Lanes were reopened by 11:53 p.m., Van Eckhardt said.

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