Highway Patrol release new developments in the SR-163 shooting
SAN DIEGO (CNS/KUSI) – The Highway Patrol released some new information regarding the shootings on state route 163 in Kearny Mesa.
The CHP held a news conference Thursday afternoon to announce two developments in Tuesday's crime that injured one woman and damaged another man's car.
Investigators say the shooter may have been in a disabled vehicle parked on the side of the freeway. And they now have a narrowed down the timeframe of when the suspect opened fire to 7:15 a.m. No arrests have been made.
In Tuesdays shooting, one of the bullets passed through a passenger door on a southbound Toyota Matrix driven by a 21-year-old University of San Diego student and struck her in the rib cage area. The woman, who was able to keep driving and apparently didn't immediately realize she'd been shot, underwent emergency surgery and is expected to recover.
The next morning, a 42-year-old Rancho Bernardo man contacted the Highway Patrol and reported that his car apparently had been struck by a bullet on the same stretch of freeway at about the time the young woman was wounded. Authorities confirmed that the man, who was uninjured, was also the victim of a shooting.
Officials believe the same assailant opened fire on both victims. The Highway Patrol has received “a myriad of phone calls” offering tips in the case, Reyes told news crews late this afternoon outside the CHP's San Diego station on Pacific Highway.
“We do have a team of investigators working diligently on the case, and every call is being evaluated for credibility and to determine if … they are, in fact, associated with this incident,” he said.
It remains unclear if the victims, whose names have not been released, were targeted or were struck by random gunfire.
“The investigation at this point is not confirming either way,” Reyes said.
Investigators hope to speak to anyone who traveled on the stretch of SR- 163 between Clairemont Mesa Boulevard and Balboa Avenue around the time when the shootings happened, in hopes someone saw something unusual — such as a vehicle being driven suspiciously or parked on the side of the freeway. Any tipsters are asked to call the CHP at (619) 220-5492.