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11 More Shootings Reported On Southland Freeways Thursday – CBS Los Angeles

SANTA ANA (CBSLA) – The California Highway Patrol reported an additional eleven freeway shootings Thursday, the most in one day, in the latest of a string of similar shootings that have occurred on area freeways over the past month involving BB or pellet guns in multiple counties.

In all, the CHP believes there have been more than 70 incidents throughout Los Angeles, Orange and Riverside counties over the past month. No injuries have been reported in any of the attacks.

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Jimmy Williams had his windows blown out on his way to work Thursday. He was not injured.

“I was in shock for about 10 minutes,” said Williams. “Then I knew I had to call 911 and report it.”

California Highway Patrol Officer Dan Olivas said three vehicles were struck shortly before 6 a.m. Thursday, all on the westbound 91 Freeway near the 71 Freeway.

Another driver’s rear passenger window was shattered about 8:55 a.m. on the eastbound 22 Freeway near Euclid Avenue in Garden Grove, said CHP Officer Mitch Smith.

A vehicle’s window was shattered just before 6 a.m. on the westbound 91 Freeway at the 241 Tollway in the Anaheim Hills area, said CHP Officer Florentino Olivera.

Another vehicle was damaged about 8 a.m. on the westbound 91 near Sixth Street in Corona, but the motorist phoned it in when he arrived in Orange County, Olivera said.

No one has been injured in the series of incidents.

“Again, we’re asking the public if they’re a victim of an incident to get right on the Bluetooth and call 911 and describe every vehicle in the area,” Olivera said.

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A motorist on the eastbound 91 in Corona told the California Highway Patrol that someone fired a projectile that hit the driver’s side window on his sedan at about 11 p.m. Tuesday.

Shortly after 5 a.m. Wednesday, a Toyota Camry sustained damage from a BB or pellet that hit it in the area of the Corona (71) Expressway and the westbound 91. The motorist was not hurt.

At 5:30 a.m., a third car was damaged on the westbound 91 near the Costa Mesa (55) Freeway in Anaheim Hills, according to the CHP. No injuries were reported.

“Before we finished the police report they actually got on the radio, he’s like, oh, there’s another one on the 911,” said Alyssa Gottberg Wednesday, one of the victims.

It’s unclear if the shootings are connected. There have been no injuries or crashes caused by them.

In another incident, CHP was writing someone a ticket and a weapon was fired at the CHP vehicle, shattering a window.

Officials are investigating. Three similar shootings occurred on the 91 Freeway on Saturday night. Two took place in Anaheim and the third was in Corona.

Victims and witnesses should report cars with open windows if anything suspicious is seen or drivers making evasive movements toward offramps or transition roads.

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Drivers are also urged to pay attention to their location and call 911 immediately if they run into any problems.