CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, Calif. (KTVU) - Joe C. didn't want want to provide his full name, but told KTVU, "There's no question that he was trying to take my life looking at the way the gunshot hit the car he was aiming at me and inside the vehicle".
Joe has the video and pictures to prove just how close a call he had with death.. Saturday night just after 9 p.m. he was driving northbound on highway 680 just before Highway 242 into Concord and noticed a driver in a white Mercedes CLA 250 weaving in and out of the busy traffic lanes.
"I look in my rear view mirror and I see this guy driving erratically through traffic. He pulls up beside me, cuts me off to the point where I had to skid to a stop."
Joe says after skidding to a stop, he moved along at about 10 miles per hour as the other driver pulled up beside him. Joe shouted through the open window saying, " Hey man, you almost hit me! What's going on?"
As Joe turned to look at traffic, he suddenly heard a loud bang and glass shattered the rear windows and littered his Toyota Prius said Joe " I turn back to look at traffic seconds later glass shatters and I know I'm being shot at"
The bullet ricocheted inside the Prius. Joe says that if he had decided to bring his car to a full stop he likely would have been hit in the upper torso.
The suspect later sped down the shoulder of Highway 242 causing several near misses with other drivers as he tried to get away. Joe lost the suspect in traffic and CHP with local agencies issued a "BOLO" for the white Mercedes but have been unable to locate both the vehicle and the lone driver.
Martinez CHP officer Brandon Correia told KTVU that without a vehicle license plate they have very little to go on.
The only identifying information for responding CHP was a newer model white Mercedes GLA 250 with tinted windows and a dealer rear plate driven by a white male in his early 20s to 30s with short dirty-brown hair.
Over the past two years, there have been dozens of shootings along Bay Area freeways leaving dozens injured and eight killed. The majority have been in Contra Costa County. The state, recognizing a problem, has funded a network of cameras along Highway 4 in Pittsburg, a hot spot for violence.
Officer Correia says the cameras in Pittsburg have been working great, but the stretch along highway 242 has few cameras and ones in operation only monitor traffic flow.
Correia added, "This is a busy stretch of highway 242 heavily traveled. It's Saturday night, a white Mercedes is weaving in and out of traffic at a high rate of speed. Somebody had so see something and if you did contact police."
Joe was only in the area after buying a lottery ticket in Lafayette and says by slowing down and engaging with the erratic driver he rolled the dice and got lucky.
Officer Correia said, "We like it when people call 911 but make a quick assessment get the best description you can. Know your surroundings and if you're going to engage with another driver be aware of what your getting yourself involved in not everybody on the road is your best friend".
It's a lesson Joe C learned the hard way he say's he'll never engage with another driver adding " I'm not worried about my own safety I'm worried about the public's safety because this guys is still out there and should be off the street. He still has no idea why this all happened.
Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact the CHP's Contra Costa office at (925) 646-4980.