Steve Welch of Sacramento had one adrenaline-pumping morning when he was carjacked this morning by the man who has now the subject of the manhunt on the causeway.
Welch, 45, an employee of a West Sacramento metal fabricating business, had just left a coffee shop and was near a second hand store in his truck when a man came running at him near West Capitol Avenue and Harbor Boulevard.
"I was in my pickup and driving," he said. "He is running up with a shiny revolver, pointing it at my face."
The armed man demanded Welch's pickup.
"Get out of the car! Get out of the car!" Welch remembered the man saying.
It took Welch two tries to get out of the pickup, the seat belt slamming him back the first time.
"I told him it was all yours," Welch said. "I felt that if I did not move fast enough he would shoot me."
While Welch tried to get out and then run for cover, the carjacker fired at police.
"I think he was half in the truck and half out when he fires," said Welch. "I was trying to get out and he was trying to get in and I heard a crack."
He then saw his old pickup speed away.
"There were shots exchanged right there with the police," said Welch.