The California Highway Patrol said Tuesday night’s deadly highway shooting of a Vallejo man was a rand om act of violence.”What’s very disheartening is someone has clearly shown a wanton disregard for human life, and it’s imperative that we find them as quickly as possible,” said Sgt. Trent Cross, Solano County’s CHP spokesman.
Dewey Tucker, 24, was shot at about 9:50 p.m. as he drove west on Interstate 80, just west of Cummings Skyway between Crockett and Hercules, Cross said.
Officers responded to reports of a single-vehicle crash when a witness saw a white Nissan Sentra strike the center divide, then the guardrail of westbound I-80, Cross said.
Another motorist stopped at the car and reported that Tucker and the vehicle appeared to have been shot multiple times, Cross said.
The Contra Costa County Coroner’s Office said Tucker was shot in the head. Tucker has a clean criminal record with no known gang affiliations, Cross said. “He was leaving his home in Vallejo and was heading to Oakland for band practice,” Cross said, adding that a guitar was found in his vehicle. Investigators believe a semi-automatic hand gun was used in the attack and that the shooter or shooters also were driving west on I-80, he said. CHP officers are investigating leads, though no suspects have been announced or arrested, Cross said.
Several lanes were closed overnight Tuesday as CHP officials worked the site, Cross said. “We’re just asking for the public’s help in helping us find the suspect,” Cross said.