Former Cal Hoops star Gene Ransom killed in Oakland I-880 shooting – CBS San Francisco

OAKLAND (CBS SF/AP) — Gene Ransom, one of the greatest point guards in California basketball history and a member of the Golden Bears Sports Hall of Fame, was the victim of a fatal shooting on the highway on Interstate 880 in Oakland, a family member confirmed to KPIX on Saturday.

California Highway Patrol officers responded to a solo vehicle accident on I-880 northbound just north of Oak Street at 5:15 p.m. Friday. Upon arrival, they determined the accident victim had suffered a fatal gunshot wound.

Officers immediately closed the northbound lanes for several hours and launched an investigation.

According to the CHP, after the shooting, the driver crashed into a guardrail and stopped. No further details have been released. Investigators have not released the identity of the victim.

Gene Ransom. (via CalBears.com)

Ransom was an East Bay hoop legend in Berkeley High School and went on to play Cal in the late 1970s.

Standing at 5-foot-9, Ransom averaged 14.8 points per game and provided 356 assists during his three-year playing career at Cal. In his most memorable college performance, Ransom played 63.5 minutes and scored a career-high 36 points in the Golden Bears’ 107-102 five-overtime win over Oregon on Feb. 10, 1977.

He was signed by the Golden State Warriors in 1979 but was eliminated in the preseason.

Cal Athletics Deputy Director of Communications Gerrit Van Genderen released this statement Saturday afternoon:

“We are shocked to learn that Cal Athletics Hall of Famer Gene Ransom has been identified as the victim of a fatal freeway shooting. Our hearts go out to Gene’s family and friends for this tragic loss. Gene was one of the greatest players in the history of our men’s basketball program and he will be greatly missed.

Ransom also dabbled in baseball, spending three years in the Oakland A minor league system. Ransom later coached basketball at his alma mater.

Friday night’s incident was among several highway shootings in Oakland. An Alameda County sheriff‘s recruit was fatally shot on Interstate 580 on Jan. 4 while driving home from the academy. Authorities said David V. Nguyen, 28, was due to graduate from the academy this month.

In November, a 23-month-old toddler from Fremont was killed by a stray bullet while his family was traveling south on I-880 in Oakland. Also in November, an SUV passenger traveling on I-80 in Oakland was killed in a shooting on the freeway near the Bay Bridge toll plaza.

CHP Golden Gate Division detectives are asking anyone with information about the incident to contact them at the CHP Investigation Line: (707) 917-4491.

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