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A pickup carjacked by a gunman in West Sacramento sits on the median divider on westbound Interstate 80 on the Yolo Causeway west of Sacramento on Friday morning. Photo by Randy Pench of the Sacramento Bee

 

Interstate 80 at the Yolo Causeway is open again after being closed for about six hours because of a massive police search for a gunman who fired shots at a business in West Sacramento, carjacked a pickup, fired at pursuing police officers and crashed the stolen pickup on the causeway before fleeing.

The highway reopened at about 12:30 p.m., but traffic conditions are expected to be sluggish because of backed-up motorists.

At one point in the search, police were checking hundreds of cars and trucks that were stuck on the causeway after it was closed, making sure the suspect wasn’t hiding in one of them.

Police also were investigating a report of another carjacking three miles away, near the CHP training academy, in which that suspect is believed to be the wanted man, according to the Sacramento Bee. That stolen vehicle, a pickup, was found later in Arden Arcade, the Bee reported.

Police had yet to find the gunman.

No one was injured in the shootings, police said.

The Associated Press reported that the incident began at about 6 a.m. when officers responded to reports of shots being fired near a commercial trucking business in the 400th
block of Harbor Boulevard in West Sacramento. A carjacking then occurred around the corner, and police spotted the stolen car and began pursuing it.

If you’re heading east on 80, listen to radio traffic reports on KCBS 740 AM, KGO 810 AM or KFBK 1530 AM for traffic updates.

If traffic is a mess, you might consider taking I-80 to I-505, north to Highway 16, then east through Woodland to I-5 and pick up I-80 east toward Tahoe.

Or you could take Highway 12 east through Fairfield and Rio Vista to I-5 or I-99 in Lodi and then head north to Sacramento.

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