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Shooting suspect Gene Ransom arrested after Basketball Hall of Famer was killed while driving on Interstate 880

A MAN has been arrested in connection with the killing of former Golden Bears point guard Gene Ransom.

Juan Angel Garcia, 25 years old, from San Franciscowas taken into custody at 10 a.m. Saturday without incident, according to a statement from the California Highway Patrol (CHP).

2001 California Athletics Walk of Fame

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2001 California Athletics Walk of Fame
Juan Angel Garcia, 25, from San Francisco, was booked into Alameda County Jail on suspicion of murder

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Juan Angel Garcia, 25, from San Francisco, was booked into Alameda County Jail on suspicion of murderCredit: Alameda . County Jail
Ransom played for the Golden Bears in the late 1970s

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Ransom played for the Golden Bears in the late 1970s

Garcia was booked into the Alameda County Jail on suspicion of murder.

Ransom, a member of the famous Golden Bears sports hall, died after being shot while driving on Interstate 880 in Oakland, California.

Ransom rose to fame during his years as a point guard for the University of California, Berkeley men’s basketball team.

According to KPIX, California Highway Patrol agents responded to an accident on I-880 around 5:15 p.m. local time on Friday.

Upon arrival, police found a victim who had been shot dead.

CHP investigators said the motive appeared to be road rage and that the shooting was targeted.

They said Ransom was in a black Honda Civic and Garcia was traveling north on I-880 in a black Lexus.

Ransom went to pick up his girlfriend at the West Oakland BART station, according to a friend.

“’Where is the gene? You know, I’ve been waiting for him for three hours! ‘” said Doug Harris, a filmmaker, former teammate and longtime friend of Ransom’s CBS News Bay Area. “So [Ransom’s girlfriend] waited for him to come pick her up and didn’t know that she had been murdered.”

According to investigators, as Ransom and Garcia approached Oakland, Garcia pulled over to Ransom’s left and shot at his car, hitting him at least once.

The CHP said Ransom hit a railing and came to a stop on the freeway. He died in the car.

A family member confirmed Ransom’s death to KPIX on Saturday.

Ransom attended Berkeley High School in the 1970s before becoming the star of the Cal hoops team.

While at Cal, the 5 foot 9 point guard won a number of records and titles, according to the school’s athletics website.

Ransom held the Cal record for most minutes played in a game.

On February 10, 1977, he played 63.5 minutes in the team’s five-overtime victory over Oregon. He scored 36 points in that match.

Ransom had two other games over 30 points against Cal, scoring 30 against Washington on January 12, 1978 and 31 against Oregon State on February 16, 1978.

He also led Cal in assists in all three years he played, averaging 17.0 points per game during the 1977-78 season.

After his time at Cal, Ransom was signed by the Golden State Warriors in 1979, but he never played an NBA game.

He was inducted into the Cal Athletic Hall of Fame in 2001.

In a statement obtained by KPIX, Cal Athletics assistant director of communications Gerrit Van Genderen expressed “shock” at the news.

“We are shocked to hear reports that Famer Gene Ransom’s Cal Athletics Hall has been identified as the victim of a deadly freeway shooting.

“Our thoughts are with Gene’s family and friends for this tragic loss.

Gene is one of the greatest players in the history of our men’s basketball program and he’s going to be greatly missed.”

The investigation is ongoing.

The ransom was found with a fatal gunshot wound

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The ransom was found with a fatal gunshot woundCredit: abc7

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