CHP officials provide an update on a targeted shooting on I-80 in Richmond that left two people hurt and created massive traffic gridlock.

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The driver of the car targeted in a shooting on Interstate 80 in Richmond on Thursday remained in critical condition Friday after three suspects, including two juveniles, were arrested, police said.

The shooting was the latest of at least 80 mostly unsolved freeway shootings under investigation across Bay Area highways since late 2015, said Lt. Jason Reardon of the California Highway Patrol’s Golden Gate Division.

“Obviously, it’s a high number,” Reardon said. “It’s higher than anyone would want.”

The driver, a 24-year-old man from Pinole, and his passenger, a 24-year-old woman from San Pablo who was in stable condition Friday, were shot multiple times in their Honda Odyssey minivan near San Pablo Avenue as they headed east at a creeping 10 to 15 mph in thick traffic around 3:30 p.m. Thursday, police said.

The victims’ names were not released, and the shooting was believed to be a targeted, gang-related incident, Reardon said. An off-duty police officer witnessed the shooting, he said.

The driver “still may pass away,” Reardon said.

Shortly after, Richmond resident Elliot Johnhenry Johnson, 24, and two 17-year-old boys were arrested in connection with the shooting nearby in Richmond, police said.

Prosecutors are reviewing the case and plan to issue charges Monday, Reardon said, adding that Johnson, who was the driver, had a lengthy criminal history and was out of jail on parole at the time of the shooting.

CHP officers closed the eastbound lanes of Interstate 80 in the Richmond area for about five hours as they investigated the shooting.

In May, during a high point in the rash of highway shootings, five East Bay mayors wrote to Gov. Jerry Brown requesting state funding to install cameras throughout the highway system to “end the use of our freeways as a battle ground.”

In the letter, the mayors of Richmond, Hercules, Pinole, San Pablo and El Cerrito said that shootings along Interstate 80 and Highway 4 in Contra Costa County had “reached crisis proportions,” referring to the deaths and injuries of innocent drivers caught in the crossfire.

Police say that criminals follow their targets onto the Bay Area’s freeways in part because of the lack of cameras there.

Pittsburg and San Pablo have installed cameras and some license plate readers, CHP Officer John Fransen said. He said Caltrans has been expediting permits.

“The state continues to work cooperatively with local police chiefs and mayors, law enforcement, the FBI, the district attorney and others to come up with potential solutions,” he said.

In an interview Friday, Richmond Mayor Tom Butt said that while there’s “no downside” to installing cameras, he was not sure they would serve as the most effective deterrent.

Butt said that the highways, patrolled by the CHP and kept up by Caltrans, are under the jurisdiction of the state — and any shootings on them are the state’s responsibility.

“I would like to see those cameras out there, and I’d like to see the governor pay for it,” Butt said. “It is his freeway, not ours.”

Sarah Ravani and Michael Bodley are San Francisco Chronicle staff writers. Email:, Twitter: @michael_bodley, @sarravani