BB Gun Shooter Targeting Vehicles on 101 in San Jose, CHP Says

By Marianne Favro and NBC Bay Area Staff
|  Friday, Sep 20, 2013  |  Updated 3:10 PM PDT
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Nine vehicles were shot at with a BB gun Wednesday night, Sept. 18, 2013 on southbound Highway 101 in San Jose, according to CHP. Marianne Favro reports.

Nine vehicles were shot at with a BB gun Wednesday night, Sept. 18, 2013 on southbound Highway 101 in San Jose, according to CHP. Marianne Favro reports.

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At least nine vehicles were shot at with a BB gun Wednesday night on southbound Highway 101 in San Jose, according to the California Highway Patrol.

No one was injured.

UPDATE: Juvenile Claims Responsibility for 101 BB Gun Shootings

It happened during the evening commute in the area just north of McKee Road.

“We got multiple calls of people having some sort of damage on their vehicles…and also hearing loud bangs,” CHP’s D.J. Sarabia said. “When we went to investigate we found that the damage to these vehicles was consistent with a BB gun.”

NBC Bay Area spoke Thursday with a recent South Bay transplant whose vehicle was struck by a BB Wednesday night. Daniel Mewes says he just moved to Sunnyvale from Germany two weeks ago.

“I was driving on 101 on the rightmost lane when I suddenly heard a loud bang,” Mewes said. “I turned around and saw that the right rear-door's window was shattered."

Mewes was not the only one.  After his Range Rover was hit, Mewes says, he pulled off to the side of the highway only to encounter at least five other motorists who said they too were victims,  including a mom who had a close call involving her baby.

“There was one driver who was affected and she pulled over and she had her baby in the car, and she said her window was also shattered,” Mewes said.

There may have been other victims earlier in the week. An employee at Spider Auto Glass says a customer came in Tuesday and said his window had been shattered by what appeared to be a BB while driving the same stretch of Highway 101.

A CHP spokesperson says they are paying extra attention to the area.

"It could have surprised and scared a driver who could make an unsafe lane change,” CHP Officer Chris Falkowski told the Mercury News. “It could strike someone inside the car or shatter a front windshield.”

CHP says all of the vehicles were struck on the passenger side.

At this point, no suspects or witnesses have been identified by police.

Mewes says he doesn’t plan to drive this stretch of 101 any time soon.

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