A Trucking company failed to report highway shooting to police after their driver claimed his truck was struck by a stray bullet in Oakland.
The incident happened at around 9:30 a.m. on Monday morning, November 27th near High Street along Interstate 880 in Oakland, California, reported ABC 7 News.
The truck driver says he was driving along I-880 when his window suddenly shattered. He told his boss, the owner of United Bridge Trucking, that he believed a stray bullet was to blame for the damage, but the company has not yet reported the incident to California Highway Patrol, CHP says.
“One window on the driver’s side. Like somebody wants to kill him,” said Enhong Zhen, president of United Bridge Trucking in Oakland. “Driving the speed limit, only 50 miles per hour like that and then he doesn’t know what happened — the window is broken — hears a noise then the window is broken,” said Zhen.
Zhen told ABC 7 that he tried to reach out to authorities, but had issues in doing so. The nature of the issues have not been specified.
Carl Chan, president of the Oakland Chinatown Foundation who has spoken with Zhen since the incident, says that some companies in the Bay Area hesitate to report incidents such as this due to concerns over rising insurance costs.
“Nowadays doing business throughout the Bay Area especially in Oakland, many insurance are actually cancelling many business insurance policies or they will be raising it up so high people are so frustrated,” said Chan.
As of Tuesday, November 28th, the incident had still not been reported to California Highway Patrol, no bullet has been recovered from inside of the semi truck, and no damage left by a bullet exiting the other side of the truck has been found.
“He [the truck driver] got very lucky because just a matter of a split second and he could have been killed, so it was a very close call,” Chan said.
“I think the driver is pretty shaken up at this point so he doesn’t even know what may have happened and if he was being followed or not.”
No further information on the incident has been released.