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California Cops Are Driving a Decoy Bus to Catch the Person Shooting at Tech Company Shuttles

OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 21:  Traffic backs up on Interstate 80 at the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge as the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) strike snarls the morning commute on October 21, 2013 in Oakland, California.  BART workers continue to strike after contract negotiations between BART management and the transit agency's two largest unions fell apart last week. Management and unions agreed on the financial specifics of the contract but differed on workplace safety rules. An estimated 400,000 commuters ride BART each day.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Traffic backs up on Interstate 80 at the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

In the past 45 days, Apple and Google employee charter buses in the San Francisco Bay area have reportedly been shot at 20 times. In response, the companies have begun rerouting the buses, which travel along the I-280 corridor that connects San Francisco to cities down the peninsula, like Santa Clara and Cupertino, where Apple’s headquarters is based.

Now, in an effort to catch the culprits, the California High Patrol has started driving a decoy bus that officers hope will lure the shooter into firing, according to an ABC7 report Wednesday.


It’s suspected that the shooter has been shooting a BB gun from another vehicle. “They’ve damaged windows. They’ve dented the exterior of the vehicles,” California Highway Patrol Commander Earnest Sanchez told the local news station. “Sometimes it appears it’s from a moving vehicle, and sometimes it appears it’s from a stationary site on the side of the road,” Sanchez said. The CHP is getting help from the FBI, and a $10,000 reward has been offered for information that may help lead to the arrest of those responsible.

The buses that have been shot are unmarked charter shuttles, which have become a symbol of gentrification brought on by the tech industry in the San Francisco Bay Area. In 2013, a charter bus shuttling Google employees had its tires slashed and a window broken in West Oakland. In December 2013 and January 2014, protesters regularly blocked the private tech worker buses, held banners, chanted at employees, and handed out flyers in protest of the skyrocketing housing prices in the city.