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Spree Of Freeway Shootings Wounds 1

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One person was wounded today when a gunman in a moving car opened fire on vehicles -- including an ambulance and a California Highway Patrol cruiser -- in four locations on Interstate 805 and I-5, authorities reported.

The seemingly random drive-by gunfire began about 10:30 a.m., starting on northbound I-805 near East Plaza Boulevard in National City, according to San Diego police. At least one bullet hit a car in that assault, though no one was injured.

A short time later, a shooting on I-805 at Mesa College Drive injured a 26-year-old man, SDPD Lt. Darryl Hoover told reporters. Medics took him to a hospital for treatment of a non-life-threatening calf wound.

Within the next 15 or so minutes, gunfire again erupted on I-805 near State Route 163, where a CHP officer was assisting a motorist, and on northbound I-5 in the area of Del Mar Heights Road, according to Hoover. An ambulance apparently was targeted in the latter shooting, he said. No one was injured in those attacks.

The victims apparently had no communication with the assailant prior to the shootings.

"At this time, we have no information about any words being exchanged,'' Hoover said. "As we know at this time, it's just a stranger-on-stranger (crime).''

Investigators believe all of the gunfire likely came from inside a white 2005 or 2006 Chevrolet Malibu, California license plate number 5POM917, police said. That sedan, carrying at least two men, had been involved in a hit-and-run collision on East San Ysidro Boulevard shortly before the shooting spree began, and it matched descriptions of the car involved in the firearm assaults, the lieutenant said.

The suspect vehicle is registered to a Lancaster resident, according to police.

In the early afternoon, authorities shut down a roughly three-mile section of northbound I-805, between I-8 and Mesa College Drive, along with the freeway's northbound connector to SR-163 so officers could walk the roadway and search for bullet casings and other evidence.

All the affected lanes were open again by shortly before 3 p.m., according to the CHP.

About a half-hour later, northbound I-5 was blocked off between the I-805 interchange and Del Mar Heights Road to allow for collection of any crime-scene evidence in that area. The stretch was fully open again by 5 p.m., the Highway Patrol reported.

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