Three people injured in a weekend freeway shooting were recovering Monday as investigators searched for clues as to a motive and a description of the suspect’s vehicle, authorities said.
The incident happened at about 2:30 p.m. on Highway 101 in San Carlos near the Holly Street exit when a 2009 Dodge Charger swerved across lanes and slammed into a construction fence along the freeway after another vehicle came alongside and began shooting at the car, police said.
The driver of the Charger then lost control of the car.
Two passengers, one man and one woman, were also in the car at the time of crash.
"At least one person in the vehicle's been shot," said Belmont Police Lt. Patrick Halleran. "All three were taken to the hospital with injuries."
All southbound lanes of 101 were closed for about a half hour. Two of the four lanes reopened, but southbound traffic remained snarled.
Halleran said the struggle may have started as far back as Highway 92.
The crime scene spanned a mile north of the crash with a dozen bullet casings littering the freeway starting near the Ralston Avenue off-ramp.
Police said it was unclear if the incident was a two-way gun battle.
"We don't know if it was an exchange of gunfire," Halleran said. "We don't know if it was only directed only at the Charger. We're still trying to piece it all together."
Investigators said they don't have a description of the other car.
They said they want to hear from witnesses who were on the freeway about the same time, 2:30 p.m.
"We're asking the public's help," Halleran said, "for anyone who saw the altercation, saw the shooting, saw any piece of this, to call the Belmont Police Department."
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