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Belmont Police Search for Witnesses in Sunday's Hwy. 101 Shooting

Three people in a Dodge Charger were shot multiple times; police say the Charger appeared to be the intended target.

Police in Belmont continue to look for witnesses to a shooting that took place along a mile of U.S. Highway 101 in San Mateo County on Sunday afternoon.

Belmont police Lt. Patrick Halleran said in a statement Monday that information gathered in the wake of the shooting and subsequent crash indicated that the three people in a Dodge Charger that were shot multiple times appeared to be the intended targets.       

"Information gathered so far indicates that this was not a random shooting," Halleran said.

Investigators were trying to determine if the shooting was prompted by a road rage incident or if it stemmed from another dispute, Halleran said.

At about 3:30 p.m., the Charger was shot numerous times as it headed south on Highway 101 near the Ralston Avenue off-ramp in Belmont, police say.

The vehicle veered off the roadway and crashed through a construction fence about a mile further south near an off-ramp to Holly Street in San Carlos.

Three people in the car were hospitalized with injuries from the shooting or the crash, police said.

A 19-year-old man from East Palo Alto and a 23-year-old woman from Santa Cruz were treated and released. A 24-year-old man from Menlo Park remains hospitalized.

No other vehicles were struck by bullets, and no one else was
injured, police said.

Investigators are asking anyone with information about the events leading up to the shooting, during or after the incident to call Belmont police at (650) 595-7400. Callers wishing to remain anonymous can call (650) 598-3000.

--Bay City News

Merilou A. October 03, 2012 at 01:40 AM
If police have spoken to the 3 people in the Dodge Charger, weren't they able to give a description of the shooter and the vehicle? If they were the target & this wasn't a random shooting could it be possible that maybe then they KNOW WHY they were being shot at & by whom? Be it "Gunfire or Car Crash" thankfully no one was killed. Wonder if they'll inform us readers the answers to my questions?
H Tanaka October 03, 2012 at 05:20 PM
I agree w Merilou - How come the news articles never mention the police talking to the three people in the Dodge Charger? Or are the police asking that the info be kept quiet? Or are 3 people not talking?...

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