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99 shooting at 65 mph injures two

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POSTED January 29, 2013 12:47 a.m.

Shots were fired into a southbound vehicle on Highway 99 at about 2:30 Sunday morning. The victim was returning to Hollister from Reno, where the driver and two male passengers in their 20s had been visiting a dying uncle.

The vehicle sustained several bullet holes and the front seat passenger was shot in the neck, according to Manteca Police officers who rendered mutual aid to the CHP that didn’t have an available unit in the area.

The shooting took place near Arch Road by the Stockton Airport . Manteca officers caught up with the victims near the Austin Road off ramp of the freeway. The shooter had fled the area when they intercepted the vehicle.

The driver reported to the CHP in his 911 call that he had been driving at about 65 mph when a vehicle drove up on him in the No. 1 lane at a high rate of speed.

According to the CHP report, the unknown vehicle moved into the No. 2 lane to pass the victims on the right, slowing just to the rear of their car.  The three men told officers they then heard several gunshots.  Two of the occupants were struck as a result of the shooting and suffered non-life threatening injuries.

Manteca officers quoted the driver as saying he had been told by the CHP dispatcher to pull over to the side of the freeway, but with the shooters continuing to follow his car he didn’t feel it was safe to follow their instructions until seeing Manteca officers.

Medics responded to the Austin Road area where they had been stopped and offered aid to the occupants who refused to be transported to the hospital for their injuries, police said. 

The right rear tire on their vehicle had apparently been hit by the gunfire and shredded off of the rim, according to Manteca Police Sgt. Jodie Estarziau.  The vehicle was impounded by the CHP for evidence in the shooting.

The three men said they had no idea who the shooters were.

CHP officers took over the investigation from the Manteca officers when they arrived on the scene.

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