Police: Shootings on 101 unrelated

Three separate shootings within 50 miles on U.S. Highway 101 during a 52-hour span appear to be unrelated and drivers should not be worried that they could be the target of a random shooting, police said Wednesday.

“We have no indication that there’s a random 101 shooter,” California Highway Patrol Sgt. Les Bishop said.

No arrests have been made in relation to the fatal freeway shooting in Burlingame on Sunday, the nonfatal incident in San Francisco on Monday or the nonlife-threatening episode in San Jose on Wednesday.

There will also not be any additional patrols on Highway 101 because it is already “one of the most heavily patrolled roadways in the Bay Area and is adequately covered,” Bishop said.

He said the gunmen would not be pursued more than typical shooting suspects because of the lack of connection between the three events.

San Francisco investigators have confirmed that their shooting, in which a man was shot in the hip, was unrelated to the others, CHP Sgt. Laura Clare said.

Burlingame police are looking for three cars all described as being in “show condition” with pristine quality and chrome rims in relation to the killing of Londell Wilson, 25, of San Mateo.

These vehicles may have boxed in a Honda Accord driven by Wilson, who was shot near the Broadway exit in Burlingame on Sunday night, said Sgt. Jim Ford.

After Wilson was shot, his car swerved off the road, hit a guardrail and landed in a drainage ditch.

Black, Tongan or Samoan men in their mid-20s shot Wilson once in the upper torso, Ford said, from one of three vehicles: a dark turquoise station wagon, a white four-door sedan or a burgundy four-door sedan similar in style to a late ’60s Chevy Chevelle or Nova.

San Jose police also say the Wednesday morning incident in which a man was shot in the leg was isolated, mainly because police believe a motive has been pinpointed, Sgt. Nick Muyo said.

Still, the SJPD, CHP and other local agencies did not rule out the possibility of the shootings being connected, despite the different cars witnesses described the shooters driving.

“That doesn’t mean that someone can’t be switching cars,” Muyo said. “We know the vehicles can be changed out all the time.”

mrosenberg@examiner.com

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