OAKLAND, CA. (THECOUNT) — Gene Ransom, one of the greatest point guards in Cal basketball history and a member of the Golden Bears sports hall of fame, was the victim of a fatal freeway shooting on Interstate 880 in Oakland, a family member confirmed to KPIX on Saturday.
California Highway Patrol officers responded to a single-vehicle crash on northbound I-880 just north of Oak Street Friday at 5:15 p.m. Upon arrival, they determined Ransom had suffered a fatal gunshot wound.
The investigation identified a suspect, Juan Angel Garcia, age 25, of San Francisco, and took him into custody without incident Saturday at 10 a.m., according to a CHP statement.
According to the CHP, after the shooting the driver crashed into a guardrail and stopped. Officers immediately shut down the northbound lanes for almost five hours and launched an investigation.
Garcia was booked into Alameda County Jail on suspicion of murder.
Cal Athletics assistant director of communications Gerrit Van Genderen issued this statement Saturday afternoon:
“We are shocked to hear the reports that Cal Athletics Hall of Famer Gene Ransom has been identified as a victim in a deadly freeway shooting. Our thoughts are with Gene’s family and friends for this tragic loss. Gene was one of the greatest players in our men’s basketball program’s history and he will be greatly missed.”
Geo quick facts: Alameda County is a county in the state of California in the United States. As of the 2010 census, the population was 1,510,271, making it the 7th-most populous county in the state. and 20th most populous nationally. The county seat is Oakland – Wikipedia.