2010 Oakland freeway shootout
The 2010 Oakland freeway shootout occurred on July 18, 2010, when two California Highway Patrol officers on I-580 in Oakland, California, attempted to stop Byron Williams, whose speeding pickup truck was seen on westbound Interstate 580 weaving through traffic.
Williams, a multiple-felon, who had previously been convicted twice for bank robbery, stopped his truck in the middle of the freeway, then started firing an SKS rifle at the officers. He was wearing a bulletproof vest and did not surrender until he was struck by numerous bullets. The shootout lasted for 12 minutes. 
Until the time of his arrest, Williams had been living with his mother, Janice Williams, in the rural town of Groveland, California (population approximately 4000). News media have reported that Williams was 45 years old in 2010.
Oakland police spokesperson Jeff Thomason confirmed at Williams’ July 20 arraignment that evidence indicated Williams planned to target the San Francisco offices of the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California and the Tides Foundation. Investigators reported Williams told them he wanted to "start a revolution by traveling to San Francisco and killing people of importance at the Tides Foundation and the ACLU."
In an interview with Media Matters for America, Williams claimed that he chose the Tides Foundation as a target because he believed that American billionaire philanthropist George Soros "has the Tides Foundation and the Tides fund," which he uses "for all kinds of nefarious activities." While some outlets have suggested a link between right wing rhetoric and the shootout, in an interview with Examiner.com, Williams spoke more about his influences, stating that he felt outlets like Fox News Channel were neglectful when it came to organizations like the Tides Foundation, and cited a variety of websites and outlets as influences, including David Icke and Alex Jones."
With two strikes on his record for two previous bank-robbery convictions, Williams faces at least 25 years to life in prison as a three strikes felon.
- Highway Shooter Targeted Tides Foundation, ACLU
- I-580 shootout suspect mad at left-wing politics
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