It happened on a normal Tuesday, June 14 at 5 p.m. Leaving work in San Leandro and heading east on Interstate 580, Garrett Mason and his fiancée Tina Do found themselves in the middle of a shootout as a vehicle cut them off as another followed them. A bullet passed through the front windshield and exited through the rear window, shattering a window. An on-board camera filmed the meeting.
“Maybe within 15 seconds of entering the freeway, the first vehicle fired back at the second vehicle lined up on the freeway,” Mason said.
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“He heard a few shots then and when he hit the front windscreen I thought it was a stone. I had no idea it was a bullet. I literally felt my body making sure nothing else was hurt. We had minor scratches,” Do said.
Police told them that highway shootings were not uncommon — more than 80 highway shootings in the Bay Area over the past four years.
“Really, the only rare part of the storyline is that the bullet went right past his face,” Mason said.
They processed what happened for two weeks. Then posted on Instagram which exploded overnight. They got their insurance deductible back through a GoFundMe account and then removed it.
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“I grew up in the South Bay so it’s like my whole family is here. And hearing that story on the 880 not too long ago about a two year old boy. Now that it’s like hitting me personally and you don’t mean it to affect someone else. It’s really disappointing what’s happening in our hometown,” Do said through tears.
The couple joked back and forth. “Unfortunately we were in the wrong place at the wrong time. Also lucky at the right time. People said if you were a second faster in your car or a second slower how could that have changed the direction of the ball. I don’t think too much about the assumptions. It’s just where we are. So we can say that we literally dodged a bullet.”
The couple are trying to put filming behind them as they plan their wedding in December.
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