Truck driver shot on Interstate 5 near Westley

A truck driver is recovering today from a gunshot wound to the arm after what police are calling a random act of violence.

Several shots were fired at the driver on northbound Interstate 5 just after he left a rest stop near Westley on Tuesday night, according to Stanislaus County Sheriff Captain Tim Beck. The driver pulled to the side of the road and called 911 at around 11:34 p.m.

The truck driver from Santa Ana was unfamiliar with his surroundings and unable to relay his location to police. He also lost a significant amount of blood from the large caliber bullet that struck his arm, and had entered into “an altered level of consciousness,” according to Beck.

The Sheriff’s Office used the victim’s cell phone signal to locate him with the use of satellite, while a good samaritan helped give directions to emergency personnel. The driver was eventually taken by helicopter to a local hospital.

Beck said the victim was unable to provide a description of the suspect or his vehicle. At this point, the shooting is not believed to be the act of a sniper, gang related, or the result of road rage, according to Beck.