Burlingame Police seek clues in 101 shooting

Highway 101 was closed for more than two hours Tuesday afternoon as Burlingame Police searched for bullet casings and other evidence from Sunday night’s freeway homicide.

Six officers searched for materials between 12:26 p.m. and 2:41 p.m. by the Broadway exit as news helicopters hovered overhead.

The search was conducted two lanes at a time to allow traffic to pass.

The California Highway Patrol also diverted cars on state Route 92 to Interstate Highway 280 during the closure.

Police searched all northbound lanes but would not release any information on findings, claiming it would compromise the investigation.

Asked why they waited 37 hours after the incident to do a search of the freeway, Cmdr. Mike Matteucci said only, “We just didn’t get out there until today.”

Londell Wilson, 25, of San Mateo and formerly of Los Angeles County, was shot once in the upper torso while driving in his silver 1990 Honda at 11:24 p.m. Sunday, said Sgt. Jim Ford.

Wilson then swerved off the road, hit a guardrail and flipped into a drainage ditch by the Broadway exit overpass.

“This could be a random drive-by shooting all the way to a premeditated crash,” Ford said.

There was “no link” between the incident and the non-fatal shooting 11 hours later on Highway 101 in San Francisco, Ford said. In that shooting, a green minivan traveling southbound near the Cesar Chavez off-ramp pulled alongside a BMW and shot the driver in the hip, the CHP said.

A crime lab investigation of the Honda would determine how many times Wilson was shot at, Ford said. Those results will not be available for a while, however.

Police were also examining whether the crash was the result of a drive-by shooting, Ford said. The other possibility they were pursuing was a road rage incident.

They have been speaking with Wilson’s family, friends and construction workers in the area.

“Some of the info we’re getting leads us to believe it possibly was a targeted thing but we can not rule out that it was random,” Matteucci said.

Police still have not made any arrests and have no suspect information.

mrosenberg@examiner.com

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