(KXAN) Shots were fired across an 18-mile stretch of Interstate 35 from Wells Branch Parkway to Stassney Lane early Saturday morning. For the first time, we’re hearing from one of the victims in the I-35 shooting spree who dodged bullets on Austin’s busiest highway.

“When I looked back behind me, I noticed a guy standing by with a rifle and as soon as I noticed him I quickly stepped on the gas and sped off and automatically he started shooting at us,” Rigoberto Ochoa told KXAN.

Ochoa said he and his friend were going to get something to eat and found themselves ripping out of a parking lot in north Austin off 183. He was fighting to keep them alive.

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