Reports of brazen freeway shootings across the Bay Area have quadrupled in the last four years, the California Highway Patrol’s Golden Gate division reports — driven by surges in gang violence, road rage and access to guns.
While the vast majority of perpetrators are never identified, CHP detectives with the Golden Gate Division’s Special Investigations unit – made up of just nine officers – arrested two suspects in connection with separate shootings this summer.
This is somewhat unusual; arrests were made in only 15% of the 457 shootings reported in the Bay Area between 2018 and 2021, according to this organization’s analysis of CHP data.
On June 14, a bullet barreled through the front windshield of a vehicle driving eastbound on Interstate 580 near Grand Avenue in Oakland. The driver and passenger were not injured.
A warrant was issued for Julaan Faison, a 24-year-old San Leandro resident, who was later arrested as the primary suspect on Aug. 16 and booked into the Santa Rita Jail. Faison was charged with attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon and shooting at an occupied vehicle, according to CHP.
KTVU reported on Friday that Faison also faces federal charges, pending allegations he sold guns on Snapchat without a license. His brother, Rahsaan “SG” Faison, was sentenced to three years of probation in January 2020 for similar illegal gun sales.
On July 21, a vehicle was shot several times while traveling on Interstate 680, north of Stone Valley Road in Alamo, CHP reported. No one was injured in the freeway shooting.
Investigators obtained a warrant for 29-year-old Edwin Tobie III, of Pleasanton, as the primary suspect in the shooting and arrested him on Aug. 18 and booked him into Martinez Detention Facility. During the arrest, detectives seized several firearms and evidence of drug trafficking activity, according to authorities.
Tobie was charged with attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon (firearm), shooting at an occupied vehicle and various firearms- and narcotics-related violations
“Freeway shootings are a serious crime,” Chief Chris Costigan said in a statement, “and the CHP fully investigates each incident.”
Law enforcement said additional information is being held as the investigations are ongoing, but anyone with information about the two incidents is being asked to call the CHP Investigation Tip Line at 707-917-4491.