Man shoots himself on freeway

By: Max Puckett, Journal Correspondent
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A man accidentally shot himself while riding shotgun on eastbound Interstate 80 in Auburn yesterday. According to Officer Chris Forman of the Auburn Police Department the incident appears to be an accidental discharge of a firearm. “Two men were traveling eastbound on I-80 when the passenger accidentally discharged a semi-automatic firearm through his hand and the center mass of his leg,” Forman said. Officer Forman was on a routine traffic stop just west of the Foresthill exit when a truck stopped and a man got out and approached him saying the passenger in his truck just accidentally shot himself. “We moved to this location (the Chevron station off of the Foresthill exit of I-80) so that emergency vehicles and other personnel would have easier access,” Forman said. During the investigation several rifles were removed from the white Dodge truck involved in the incident, including a hunting rifle and what appeared to be an assault rifle. A bumper sticker on the truck said “Let Timmy Smoke,” in reference to San Francisco Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum. Sergeant Dale Hutchins of the Auburn Police Department was on the scene and commented that the there was no indication of foul play. “We are still figuring it out. It appears to be an accidental discharge of a firearm on the freeway, however there may be weapons charges involved,” said Hutchins. The passenger was transported via ambulance to Sutter Hospital in Roseville where he is in stable condition said Forman. A clerk named Mark at the Chevron station store the Extra Mile, who declined to give his last name, was surprised by all of the excitement. “I just turned around and there was a ton of cops and this guy. I saw an ambulance leave and that’s really it,” he said. The driver would not discuss the incident and drove away after officers searched the vehicle and removed more than one weapon. Officer Forman identified the weapon that discharged as a 9mm semi-automatic handgun. “This is an ongoing investigation. I am not aware of any warrants or criminal history of the individuals involved,” said Forman.