Dashcam video caught the moment a bullet flew through an engaged couple’s windshield during a shootout on a northern California freeway last month — and it missed them both.
Garrett Mason and Tina Do — who are planning a December wedding — shared their terrifying ordeal with KGO-TV.
What are the details?
On June 14, Mason and Do had just left work in San Leandro — about a half hour east of San Francisco across the San Francisco Bay — and hopped on the eastbound Interstate 580 around 5 p.m., the station said.
It would not prove to be your average Tuesday afternoon rush-hour hassle.
Instead they found themselves in the middle of a shootout as one vehicle cut them off and another tailed them, KGO said.
“Maybe within 15 seconds of getting on the freeway, the first vehicle shot back at the second vehicle lined up on the freeway,” Mason told the station.
Suddenly — as their dashcam was recording everything — a bullet flew through their front windshield and exited through their rear window, the station said.
“He heard a few rounds at that point, and when it hit the front windshield, I thought it was a rock,” Do told KGO. “I didn’t know it was a bullet at all. I was literally feeling my body making sure nothing else was hurt. We had minor scratches.”
Police told the couple that freeway shootings aren’t uncommon, the station said, adding that there have been more than 80 freeway shootings in the Bay Area in the last four years, with most of them happening in Oakland. Statewide in that time period, there have been more than 215 freeway shootings, KGO said.
“Really the only rare part of the scenario is the bullet went right past her face,” Mason added to the station.
“I grew up in the South Bay, so it’s like my family is all here,” Do noted to KGO, blinking back tears as she added that “now that it’s like personally hit me, and you don’t want it to like affect anyone else. It’s really disappointing it’s happening in our hometown.”
Mason told the station that “unfortunately we were in the wrong place at the wrong time” before Do interjected: “Also luck at the right time.”
Mason — who was behind the wheel when the shot came through their windshield — added to KGO that “people have commented … if you were a second faster or slower in our car, how could that have changed where the bullet is. But [we] can’t think too much about the what ifs — it’s just where we’re at.”
With that Do noted to the station, “So you can say that we literally dodged a bullet.”