California is not known for having the most friendly drivers or roads. They are known for roads in disrepair, roads that are clogged with traffic for hours on end, and generally terrible drivers. California is also known for having many illegal immigrant drivers, who may have licenses, but often do not have insurance.
With how terrible the California roads are, you would not be remiss in thinking of them as a constant threat and hazard. Most likely, you would be absolutely correct in doing so. But this holiday season, there is a worse threat on the roads of California than the threat of being hit by someone with no insurance; the threat of being randomly shot while driving from place to place as you make your holiday rounds.
In California, there is an ongoing manhunt to search for a shooter who has thus far shot 10 vehicles (at least he’s hit 10 vehicles, it’s hard to confirm that they only shot at 10). Of the 10 vehicles that the shooter managed to it, he’s injured only one person; a woman who suffered non-life threatening injuries when her vehicle was shot.
Police do not have a motive, but they do have a modus operandi for the shooter. The shooter, who is traveling in a ‘dark-colored’ pickup truck with oversized wheels, seems to be shooting at cars as they drive by. Drivers who encountered the shooter say that they heard a bang as the truck passed them by, and then found a bullet hole in their vehicle.
The shooter seems to be striking targets near the rural Fresno County town of Kerman, which is slightly less than 200 miles to the south of San Francisco. The ten shootings occurred between Nov. 27 and Dec. 17, with no shooting reported since then. A woman was struck on December 1, but survived the gunshot wound.
Law enforcement agencies in the area currently do not believe that the ten victims fired up thus far were chosen for any particular reason, but rather because they were victims of opportunity that were near to the shooter, simply in the wrong place at the wrong time.
According to Fresno County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Tony Botti, law enforcement agencies in the area do not know much about the shooter. They have yet to identify any motive for the shootings, nor can they identify if there is one shooter, or if a pair or even a group of individuals are carrying out the shootings on their roads.
The Fresno County Sheriff’s Office and various other local law enforcement agencies are expending every effort to catch the shooter. As Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims said to the media, “to the suspect, this is a cowardly act and we are working very hard to find you.” She goes on to say that when the Fresno law enforcement agencies catch the shooter, “we will hold you accountable.”
This is not the first random shooting on America’s roadways, though it is one of the most recent such shootings, as well as one of the longer-running such shootings in recent memory. It is odd, however, that such a crime would occur in California.
California has some of the most restrictive firearm regulations in the country. It’s a state that bans the ownership of ‘assault rifles’ (semi-automatic, magazine-fed rifles in intermediate calibers). It’s a state that bans any magazine over ten rounds in size from ownership by civilians. It’s a state with such restrictive firearms laws that the firearms industry has a term to describe firearms that undergo redesign or modification in order to be legal for sale in California, ‘California Compliant’.
It seems strange that these gun laws, which liberal California politicians swear will make sure gun crime decreases or doesn’t occur at all, failed to prevent drive-by shootings on California’s roads. It almost seems like all those laws do is disarm citizens so that violent individuals can take potshots at them as they dare to traverse the roadways.
California drivers will need to be extra wary this year as they drive to see loved ones and to enjoy Christmas with family and friends; not only do they have to deal with terrible drivers and awful traffic, now they have to contend with a deranged shooter.