California Basketball Hall of Fame member Gene Ransom identified as victim of fatal shooting on northbound Interstate 880 in Oakland


OAKLAND, Calif. (KGO) – A victim has been identified in the fatal shooting that blocked the northbound 880 freeway in Oakland on Friday.

Multiple sources, including friends of the victims, told ABC7 News that Gene Ransom of Oakland was the driver who was shot and killed while driving on the freeway.

Police first responded to an accident north of Oak Street yesterday. Authorities later discovered that the victim had also been shot. Ransom died at the scene.

Sources say Ransom played for the UC Berkeley basketball team in the 1970s and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2001, according to the university’s website.

This is the second fatal shooting of the year in Oakland. In the past nine months, there have been five fatal shootings on Oakland freeways.

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The California Highway Patrol said it was investigating a fatal shooting that blocked Interstate 880 northbound in Oakland Friday night.

According to the CHP, at around 5:15 p.m., officers responded to an accident on I-880, north of Oak Street.

When they arrived, they discovered that a man, who was the only person in the car, had been shot.

This is the second fatal shooting of the year in Oakland. In the past nine months, there have been five fatal shootings on Oakland freeways.

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“This is unacceptable. Any homicide. Any violent crime is unacceptable,” said Oakland councilman Dan Kalb.

It appears, CHP says, that after being hit by gunfire, he veered right, hit a guardrail and came to a stop.

The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

All northbound lanes on Broadway are closed. According to the California Highway Patrol, traffic is being diverted off the freeway at Oak Street and then back onto I-880 at Jackson Street.

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Last May, two people were killed on a party bus on I-580. In October, 23-month-old Jasper Wu was killed on I-880. In November, a woman from Antioch was killed on I-80. Less than a month ago, in January of this year, an Alameda County Sheriff’s recruit was fatally shot on I-580. Now another person has been shot and killed on the 880 freeway.

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Oakland council member Dan Kalb calls for change.

“We need to step up and work with our police departments along the 880 corridor and work very closely with the CHP to really track down who is doing this,” Kalb said.

In 2015, Contra Costa County faced approximately 115 shootings over a 13-month period.

Hercules City Councilman Dan Romero was the first city leader in Contra Costa County to seek solutions and push for freeway cameras.

He suggests the same for Oakland.

“At this point, how many people need to die?” Romero said and added, “Take action. The action would be to sign a letter with the request to the State of California. The Department of Transportation. The state sits on what? Over $40 billion of reserves and a surplus.”

Highways are the responsibility of the California State Transportation Agency.

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“If the state government wants to install certain types of surveillance cameras on our highways and it turns out that they can solve violent crimes, then that’s fine. We should try it for a while. time and see how it works,” Kalb said.

Detectives assigned to the CHP’s Golden Gate Division are investigating Friday night’s shooting and are asking the public for any details they may have regarding the incident. Anyone with information about the incident can call the CHP Investigations Information Line at (707) 917-4491.

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