Shooting on Bay Bridge prompts brief shutdown during morning commute

The CHP block traffic on the eastbound side of the Bay Bridge. Nov. 1, 2019

Police activity on the Bay Bridge shut down the eastbound direction early Friday morning during the heart of the morning commute after officers saw gunshots flying and the bullets ended up striking a passing motorist, the California Highway Patrol said.

Officer Mark Andres said that an officer was by the toll plaza about 6:45 a.m., when he saw shots fired from a silver SUV directed at a black SUV.

When the officer turned around to find either of those SUVS, he couldn't locate them, Andres said.

It turned out, however, that the bullets struck a third car, a Lexus driving by. Andres said no one in the Lexus was hurt.

The CHP closed all lanes of eastbound traffic at 7 a.m., had three lanes opened 20 minutes later and reopened all lanes just after 8:15 a.m.

The CHP has no descriptions of the suspects.

The shutdown created a massive headache for San Franciscans trying to get to the East Bay.

Police activity shuts down the eastbound side of the Bay Bridge. Nov. 1, 2019