Vehicle shot on Highway 4 west of Martinez

MARTINEZ, Calif. – California Highway Patrol is investigating an apparent vehicle shooting that took place on California Highway 4 west of Martinez shortly before midnight Saturday.

According to Officer Brandon Correia, someone shot at an occupied silver Nissan Maxima that had pulled over on the shoulder of Highway 4 between McEwen Road and Franklin Canyon Road.

Two people, a man and a woman, were in the car but weren’t hurt. Correia said the pair ducked below the dash. But their vehicle has what appears to be two bullet holes in the window.

The pair told officers that they were traveling west when another car, possibly a late model white Toyota Corolla, came up behind their car. They slowed as the car began tailgating then moved to pass them.

The pair said those in the white car began yelling at them. They pulled the Nissan off the highway and stopped on the shoulder, Correia said. But the white car pulled in and parked in front of them. Those inside began shooting at them before leaving, the couple told officers.

One occupant of the white car is described as a bald white man about 35 to 40 with tattoos on his right arm. The other man is described as black-haired, possibly of mixed ethnicity and between 30 and 35.

Correira said the incident isn’t yet being described as a case of road rage. He said no other information was available to be released.

But he asked those with any information about the incident to call Contra Costa California Highway Patrol, 925-646-4980, or the 24-hour tip line at 707-917-4491.

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