SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — A 17-year-old boy is recovering from being shot in the face and back on U.S. Highway 101 in East San Jose Thursday evening in what California Highway Patrol officers are investigating as a gang-related shooting.
The boy was shot twice in the front passenger seat of a black Acura Integra around 6:45 p.m. in the highway’s northbound lanes near Story Road, CHP Officer Ross Lee said.
Northbound lanes of the highway were shut down for hours during the police investigation.
CHP held a press conference Friday afternoon to address Thursday night’s shooting and the recent spate of freeway shootings in general.
A CHP spokesperson said freeway shootings are on the rise in the Bay Area. There were 37 total freeway shootings in 2015. That number climbed to 55 total the following year.
So far this year, there have been 19 freeway shootings resulting in 2 deaths and 3 injuries.
Authorities are still searching for more clues in Thursday’s shooting and asked that anyone with information about the shooting get in touch with CHP investigators.
The suspects were described as two Hispanic men in black bandannas driving what looked like a Dodge Charger with the word “HEMI” in large black letters on the left side, Lee said.
The boy remains at Regional Medical Center Friday afternoon for injuries that are not considered to be life-threatening.
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