SUV riders fire shots, man tells police

A Santa Clara man told Mountain View police that someone inside a white SUV brandished a handgun and fired several shots into the air after the vehicle sideswiped him last Saturday night.

The 40-year-old man told police that he was driving home from the Monte Carlo Club at about 2:19 a.m. on Sept. 7 when a white SUV knocked into the side of his car with its front bumper -- twice -- before speeding ahead of him, according to Sgt. Sean Thompson of the Mountain View Police Department.

The man said he decided to follow the white SUV, and continued his pursuit even after someone inside the vehicle held a pistol out the window and shot the gun several times in the air near the intersection of Moffett Boulevard and Middlefield Road. The man said he followed the SUV onto Highway 101 and stayed with it as it exited on Matilda Avenue in Sunnyvale. Thompson said the man decided to leave the SUV and whoever was inside alone after they ended up facing each other in an empty parking lot.

Thompson said that the story was strange, but noted that police did find six .45-caliber shell casings near the intersection of Moffett Boulevard and Middlefield Road, where the man said he saw the gun fired.

Police are currently trying to locate surveillance video that might help with the case. Anyone with information about the alleged crime may call 650-903-6344 to make an anonymous tip to the Mountain VIew Police Department.


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Posted by Louis Tim
a resident of Monta Loma
on Sep 12, 2013 at 2:22 pm

Leaving the Monte Carlo Club at 2:19am and this happened? I'm shocked! It's all about the 408 in the 650 after 10pm in DTMV

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Posted by George
a resident of Rex Manor
on Sep 12, 2013 at 2:23 pm

Way to go super cop guy.... Jeeze, risk death for what ????

All you had to do was get the lic. plate number and go home and call it in.

Secondly , once again the old adage... after midnite only cops, drunks and bad guys are on the road.

Time to grow up buddy..If you swim in the shark tank, don't be surprised if you become food.

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Posted by Member
a resident of Rex Manor
on Sep 12, 2013 at 2:28 pm

"....the man decided to leave the SUV and whoever was inside alone after they ended up facing each other in an empty parking lot."


Just getting the license plate number to provide to police (who still would have found the casings to corroborate his story) wasn't enough? He actually followed them?

Why don't you hang a "Just kill me now" sign around your neck? Stupidity never ceases to amaze me.

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Posted by Steve
a resident of another community
on Sep 12, 2013 at 3:33 pm

No doubt about it, Mtn View finally has a vibrant and exciting downtown! Makes for better 'quality of life'

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Posted by geronimo
a resident of Gemello
on Sep 12, 2013 at 4:51 pm

not a wise decision to follow such thugs. He should have followed enough to get the license plate and car model/color,etc..

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Posted by Strange Story
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Sep 12, 2013 at 5:10 pm

It is a strange story, because there has got to be more to the story that he isn't telling. Such as why the white SUV bumped him...twice. Once is an accident, two is on purpose. Also, the only way someone would be fool hardy enough to follow someone with a gun is because he was high and had one also. Some of those shell casings could be his. There is more to this story, who was the SUV registered to, and what does the passenger who chose not to run got to say? Did the 'victim' call that night or wait until the morning, etc. This story is missing a lot of info.

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