Video may expose highway shooters

Burlingame police hope some hazy photos and a video taken right after a man was killed on U.S. Highway 101 in September will help them catch the killers.

Police obtained red-light camera photos and video of the intersection of Millbrae Avenue and Rollins Road in Millbrae, which is located near the exit near where Londell Wilson was shot and killed Sept. 30. The images show two of the suspects’ three vehicles, one of which is very distinct: a dark turquoise station wagon with chrome rims.

“I wouldn’t say that” we’re closing in on the killers, said Cmdr. Mike Matteucci. “We’re hoping that by putting this info out that somebody’s going to recognize those cars and we’ll be able to track down the people who were in those cars.”

The video shows a mid-’80s Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme or similar mid-size vehicle driving through the intersection. The station wagon, a mid-’80s turquoise Chevrolet Malibu or a similar vehicle, immediately follows the Cutlass through the intersection in the lane to its right.

License plate numbers and occupants are not visible in the images, but police are working with technology companies to enhance the pictures, Matteucci said.

Wilson, 25, of San Mateo, was killed in his 1990 silver Honda when he swerved off the roadway into a drainage ditch just north of the Broadway exit in Burlingame, after he was shot while driving north.

Witnesses told police that the station wagon, mid-size car and a red or burgundy sedan were likely responsible for the shooting and reported seeing the cars box in Wilson’s Honda before he was shot. All of the cars had chrome rims and were described as being in “show condition.”

Police now believe at least the station wagon and the Cutlass took the Millbrae Avenue exit, the next offramp after where Wilson’s car was found.

“On a hunch we thought, ‘What if these guys tried to get off at the next exit?’” Matteucci said. “There’s a red-light camera right off that exit. Sure enough, two cars that were very similar went past … a minute after the shooting occurred. What are the odds that it’s two different vehicles?”

“It’s great that we were able to get actual video footage of what we strongly believe are two of the cars related to this,” he said.

The only suspect description available was that they were men in their mid-20s.

The homicide was the first in Burlingame since October 2002and the third since 1997.

mrosenberg@examiner.com

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