Driver says SUV shot by pellets on I-8

Posted at 6:37 PM, Jul 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-11 21:50:16-04

EL CAJON, Calif. - A drive on Interstate 8 turned into a frightening ordeal when a Dehesa man realized someone was using his SUV for target practice.

"I had just packed up and was heading home," said Allen Walker.

Just before midnight Monday, Walker headed home after a DJ gig in Santee, traveling on the eastbound I-8.

Near the Greenfield Drive exit in the El Cajon area, Walker said he heard "just the sound of glass breaking."

The sound was his back passenger window shattering.

"Then I heard something hitting the side of the car that was really loud," said Walker.

Walker thought it may have been a rock, but the banging noise continued for about five seconds.

"It hit me [that] they could have been gunshots, so I ducked down and I drove to the next exit. At the Shell station, I saw one, two, three, four bullet holes. The window was blown out, so I was hit at least five times," said Walker.

The shots likely came from a BB gun.

A shooter was most likely not standing on the highway, as all of the shots were clustered in the back area. The holes were created over a span of four to five seconds, so the shooter was likely riding along at similar speeds.

"It's scary and sad," said Walker.

Walker told 10News the scariest feeling is knowing what could have happened.

"If I have someone with me, they could have been seriously hurt, or I could have lost control of the vehicle," said Walker.

Those possibilities were even more upsetting after Walker called 911 that night. He said the CHP arrived and told him another vehicle had also been targeted in the same area around the same time.

"I went home and gave my wife a big hug. Just thankful I was OK," said Walker.

Walker said he's wasn't looking to the side and never saw a vehicle pull up next to him.

A CHP spokesperson confirmed to 10News in the second incident, witnesses saw four teenage boys in a silver Toyota 4Runner shooting BB guns at parked cars.

Anyone with information on this case is urged call the CHP at 619-401-2000.