Napa’s grandfather was ‘brutally’ shot in the face on the freeway


Rob Abreu pictured with his family. Credit: GoFundMe

The family of a man shot in the face in Napa are now praying for his recovery and raising money to pay his medical bills.

On a GoFundMe post, Brittney Abreu of Menlo Park said her father, Robert Abreu, was “brutally” shot while driving Friday morning to work in Napa on Highway 29.

The bullet went through the rear passenger side window of his truck. He was able to stop and call 911 for help, his daughter reported.

From there he was airlifted to a hospital outside Napa and was in critical condition Saturday, she said.

She also said her father was uninsured and that the shooting had placed “a huge financial burden on him”.

She did not specify her father’s exact medical condition, but she wrote that he was the father of three daughters and a grandfather of six children. She described him as “the strongest, kindest, most generous, hard-working man” her family knows.

Efforts to reach Brittney Abreu in person on Saturday were not immediately successful.

But his account largely matches what the Napa County Sheriff’s Department reported when it arrested 42-year-old Tuong Nguyen on suspicion of attempted murder, auto theft and a felon in possession of a weapon. fire.

The shooting was reported at 6:40 a.m. Friday on Highway 29 near Highway 221.

Eight minutes later, authorities said a carjacking was reported downtown near Clay and Franklin streets. And just before the shooting, residents had called to report a reckless driver in the area of ​​the shooting.

At 6:48 a.m., Napa police stopped the vehicle, which was diverted to Highway 221 and Streblow Drive. This is where the authorities arrested Nguyen.

He was booked into the Napa County Department of Corrections this afternoon, where he is being held without bond.

In 2021, the California Highway Patrol reported 144 drive-by shootings in the Bay Area, according to data released under the California Public Records Act. Two-thirds of those shootings took place in Alameda and Contra Costa counties. Napa County was the only county that did not have freeway shootings that year.

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