Teens killed in party bus shooting during 21st birthday

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Two women have died and multiple people have been shot while on a party bus celebrating a woman's 21st birthday.

At least two shooters opened fire on the party bus driving on a San Francisco Bay Area freeway early on Tuesday (local time). 

The passengers were celebrating a woman's birthday when the bus was shot about 12.20am as it was returning from Oakland to San Francisco, the East Bay Times reported. 

Police at a crime scene after 70 rounds were fired at a party bus in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Police say 70 rounds were fired at the bus. Source: KTVU

At least two shooters in another vehicle began firing at the bus, then followed it off the freeway and continued shooting at it on city streets, authorities said. 

About 70 rounds were fired at the party bus.

At least five women were wounded and some were taken by ambulance to a hospital from an Oakland police station, where the bus driver went after the shooting. 

One of the victims is in a critical condition.

A man who identified himself as the father of the 21-year-old celebrating her birthday said she was shot in the leg, but was in a stable condition.

The Alameda County Coroner’s Bureau said one woman died on the bus and the other at a hospital. 

Alayshia Thurston is pictured. She was killed in the shooting.
Alayshia Thurston was identified as the second victim in the shooting. Source: KTVU

They were identified as 19-year-old Alayshia Thurston and 16-year-old Zoey Hughes. 

Zoey's mother Christina discovered the news from the stepfather of her daughter's best friend, the Sacramento Bee reported.

"I just fell to my knees; I couldn't feel my legs, I couldn't feel my heart," she said.

"I don't want people to forget, the most important thing about Zoey is that she loved her baby brother.

"She had a heart of gold – she could be mean and hard-headed – but her brother was her life. I don't want anyone to forget that."

The second victim of the shooting was Zoey Hughes who is pictured here.
Zoey Hughes, 16, was killed in the shooting. Source: Facebook

The California Highway Patrol is investigating the incident along with Oakland police. 

“Based on preliminary investigation, it does not appear this shooting was a random event,” California Highway Patrol said.  

Last month, a 25-year-old woman was shot while riding on a party bus in Oakland. 

There were more than 30 passengers on the bus that was supposed to go to San Francisco, authorities said. 

None of the other passengers or the driver were injured and the woman survived.

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