UPDATE: Police Ask for Help in Hwy. 85 Shooting

A reported shooting at a Marine recruiter and search for evidence shut Hwy. 85 Wednesday afternoon.

UPDATED 10 P.M. Santa Clara County investigators are asking for the public's help in the Highway 85 shooting Wednesday. Anyone traveling on Hwy. 85 in the area and during the time of the incident, and who may have information on the case is being asked to please contact Sheriff’s investigators at 408-808-4500. Those wishing to be anonymous can call 408-808-4431.

UPDATED 3:30 P.M.: A Marine recruiter who was traveling southbound on Highway 85 was shot at in a government-issued car, according to Sgt. Robert Durham, a spokesman for the Marine Corps Recruiting Station San Francisco. The recruiter was alone in the car and not hurt, and continued to drive the car for about a mile before pulling over and calling emergency personnel.

"The recruiter is driving along and hears a loud pop and simultaneously the rear window is blown out," said California Highway Patrol spokesman Sgt. D.J. Sarabia.

Sarabia said three or four bullet holes were found in the car. The shooting is still under investigation.

The recruiters vehicle was towed to the parking lot of Yamagami's Nursery and shortly after all lanes of Hwy. 85 were reopened.

UPDATED 3:05 P.M.: All lanes on southbound Highway 85 were opened and traffic was flowing.


Highway 85 was shut down Wednesday afternoon between Stevens Creek and De Anza Boulevards after reports of a shooting and as of publishing time of about 2:40 p.m. the road remains closed.

Northbound lanes of Hwy. 85 were opened at around 2:30 p.m., according to reports, but southbound Hwy. 85 is still backed up.

Cupertino Patch is following this story so check back for updates.

At 2:25 p.m. Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Capt. Ken Binder reported to the City of Cupertino that there were no injuries and no reason to believe that the public is in danger.

At least seven Santa Clara County Sheriff’s deputies and a handful of California Highway Patrol officers were on the freeway searching around a four-door vehicle.

The road was shut down at 12:30 p.m. according to NBC Bay Area, after a “Marine recruiter who was driving at the time heard a loud bang and the glass of his window shattered,” California Highway Patrol Officer D.J. Sarabia told the news station.

Chris Zhang December 19, 2012 at 11:30 PM
Glad the Marine being shot at is okay. God bless our service members.
Cesar perez December 20, 2012 at 01:04 AM
Lets just pray and be humble to one another
Cesar perez December 20, 2012 at 01:08 AM
Lets be the light of our brothas and sisters dont be afraid to be a lending hand this our country so we need to stand togther and take this cowardss off our streets
Michelle J. December 20, 2012 at 02:47 AM
Dare I say it? Gun control.
Frank Geefay December 21, 2012 at 09:34 AM
So much violence so close to home. The Lehigh Cement quarry shootings and killings, Monta Vista High School bombing threat, and now this shooting along 85 adjacent to Cupertino near De Anza Blvd. all within a span of about one year. One just does not naturally associate such violence with Cupertino. I don't think it used to be like this. I'm sure that the residents of Newtown, CT. are saying the same thing. Shooting violence used to occur in depressed inner city areas. Now they are occurring with greater regularity in small affluent towns. What is going on? There no longer seems to be any safe havens to live in America. What is causing this social shift towards such violence in places once considered safe? Since the mass killing in Connecticut a proposed ban on assault rifles been proposed against strong opposition. The news is filled with reports of record sales of assault weapons. Does anyone see anything very wrong with this picture? Can anyone make any sense out of the rash of violence that has recently hit Cupertino?


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