390 north and south near Chili Avenue reopen following investigation

Updated: 05/01/2014 7:43 PM
Created: 05/01/2014 10:29 AM WHEC.com

It was an all-out search on and around 390 in Gates Thursday. This after a driver told police his truck might have been hit by a bullet.

Traffic snarled in that area as police shut down the highway. Right now, traffic is moving along as both sides of 390 are back open. 

390 was closed between Chili Avenue and Route 490 for about five hours. A truck driver told police he was near the Buffalo Road overpass when he believes a bullet hit his window.

This is the second time in just over a week that a driver said their vehicle was hit by a bullet on 390.

The idea that someone might be randomly shooting at vehicles as they head down the expressway is a scary thought. That’s what a truck driver believes happened to him as he passed under this railroad overpass.

A shattered rear window is the result of what the truck driver believes was a gunshot. He was headed south on I-390 near the Chili Avenue exit when he heard a noise and saw the damage to the window. The driver was not injured and immediately called 911. 

Captain David Inzana, Monroe County Sheriff’s Department, said, “He just told us that he heard a bang is the way he described it. He really didn't have a lot of information. He was just driving along the expressway and he hears this noise, looks back sees a hole in the window so pulls over to the side of the road to investigate it further.”

That set off a five hour full scale search of the area. The expressway in the area was closed in both directions. Investigators from the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office and New York State Police combed the area looking for evidence. They brought in dogs, had a helicopter looking for clues from above and walked the stretch of highway in a line grid search. 

This is the second reported incident in a week of a motorist claiming to have been shot at. Last week, Greece Police closed off part of Ridge Road near 390 after a man claimed his car had been hit by a bullet.

News10NBC asked authorities what their message is to motorists, given the two frightening incidents.

Captain Inzana said, “Just to be aware of their surroundings. At this point, we're doing everything possible to make sure drivers are safe. Obviously, if something does happen that they should get off the expressway and stop and call 911 and report it and we'll look into it as soon as possible.”

Police are not saying if they believe the two incidents might be related, but they are also not dismissing the potential similarities. Greece Police say they are staying in contact and comparing notes.

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