Victim of 91 Freeway shooting chases suspect

When a driver shot at him on the 91 Freeway in Fullerton, Kenneth Baker was not about to let him go.
Wednesday, August 06, 2014
When a driver shot at him on the 91 Freeway in Fullerton, Kenneth Baker was not about to let him go.

"Had I not chased him down, the man would have gotten away," Baker said.

On Monday afternoon, 32-year-old Jerry Valentin, of Arizona, shot multiple times at Baker's car.

"For what reason I don't know. I never got close to him. I don't know the man. I've never seen him in my life," Baker said.

Baker was hit three times in the arm and his car was riddled with holes.

"I felt some leaking going down and I saw that my shirt was full of blood," Baker said.

But instead of panicking, Baker, who has a background in law enforcement, chased after Valentin in his car, going up to 95 mph. Then, he called 911.

"I said, 'I'm not going to let this man go, because once I let him go, I will never see him again,'" Baker said.

The California Highway Patrol joined the chase. Valentin was eventually taken into custody in Anaheim Hills and was booked for attempted murder. If convicted, Valentin faces 25 years-to-life in prison.

Baker was able to walk out of his car and was taken to the hospital. He's expected to fully recover.

"It gives me great pleasure that this man is off the street," Baker said.

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