Suspect arrested in fatal Oakland freeway shooting of Cal basketball Hall of Famer Gene Ransom
GENE Ransom, a member of the Golden Bears sports hall of fame, has died after being shot while driving on Interstate 880 in Oakland, California.
Ransom rose to fame during his years as a point guard on the University of California, Berkeley men’s basketball team.
According to KPIX, California Highway Patrol officers responded to a crash on I-880 on Friday around 5:15pm local time.
The car reportedly crashed into a guardrail and stopped.
Upon arrival, cops found a victim who had been fatally shot.
A family member confirmed Ransom’s death to KPIX on Saturday.
A suspect has been arrested for the fatal shooting of Cal basketball Hall of Famer, Gene Ransom, who was shot and killed Friday while driving northbound Interstate 880 in Oakland.
Juan Angel Garcia, 25, of San Francisco was arrested approximately 10a.m. on Saturday, without incident, the California Highway Patrol said.
Garcia was booked into the Alameda County Jail.
The CHP says the motive of the shooting is still under investigation.
Sources say Ransom played for the U.C. Berkeley basketball team in the 1970s, and was inducted to the Hall of Fame in 2001, according to the university’s website.
In a statement to ABC7 News, UC Berkeley released a statement regarding Ransom’s passing.
“We are shocked to hear the reports that Cal Athletics Hall of Famer Gene Ransom has been identified as a victim in a deadly freeway shooting. Our thoughts are with Gene’s family and friends for this tragic loss. Gene was one of the greatest players in our men’s basketball program’s history, and he will be greatly missed.”
This is the second fatal highway shooting of the year in Oakland. In the last nine months, there have been five fatal shootings on Oakland freeways.