Automatic gunfire reported near freeway


By Steve Marschke, News-Ledger Editor

After the report of automatic weapons fire nearby, local police asked for, but didn’t get, temporary closure of the Yolo Bypass over the weekend, said a CHP spokesperson.

At about 3:23 p.m. Saturday, dispatchers received a report of a “possibly active shooter situation in which a witness saw two males firing (an) automatic gun outdoors of a warehouse toward the levee,” said police department records. The incident was reported from the 1400-block of Enterprise Boulevard, which is near I-80 and the east end of the Yolo Bypass.

A witness said the suspects may have left in a black Jaguar.

Sergeant Nathan Steele of the West Sacramento Police Department said officers responded, but “nothing was located.”

“They may have been shooting at a target or something on the levee,” said Steele. “We never had a victim. We had one witness. We did not close the (nearby) causeway.”

Officer Brian Konvalin, a public information officer for the California Highway Patrol in Woodland, said CHP records show a call coming in from West Sacramento police while they were looking for the alleged shooter or shooters.

“They requested the CHP shut down the freeway, but there were no mitigating circumstances,” said Konvalin. “The freeway was not closed.”

In April, the freeway on the Yolo Bypass was closed for several hours as authorities pursued a suspect responsible for a rash of crimes that began in West Sacramento. The suspect was later shot and killed in a clash with law enforcement personnel in Sacramento.

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