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Authorities have few clues in Inland Empire freeway shootings

June 8, 2010 |  9:25 am

Authorities were no closer Tuesday to solving the mystery of who is using a BB or pellet gun to shoot out the windows of moving vehicles as the attacks continued on Inland Empire freeways.

While no one has been injured in the car-to-car attacks, to date about 60 motorists have had their rear windows shot out.

While all types of vehicles have been targeted at all hours of the day, most of the targets were sport utility vehicles traveling on the 10, 15, 91 and 215 freeways in Riverside and San Bernardino counties, said Officer Mario Lopez of the California Highway Patrol Inland Division.

Over the last several weeks, the attacks have targeted many kinds of vehicles at widely dispersed sites. At least six more incidents took place Monday along the 10 and 15 freeways. And calls were still coming in.

Victims' reports on where the shots have come from are so varied they have been of little help to law enforcement.

"We don't have one specific suspect vehicle, and we obviously don't have a suspect yet," Lopez said.

Authorities are concerned one of the shots will hit a driver or passenger or somehow cause an accident.

"What we're afraid of is basically somebody overreacting, getting frightened by the sound of a rear window [shattering] and maybe swerving into another vehicle or an object and causing injuries," Lopez said.

The California Highway Patrol has urged drivers in Riverside and San Bernardino counties to be cautious and pull over to the side of the road and call 911 if they are targeted.

Authorities also asked drivers to note as much information as possible about where the incident occurred and any vehicles they may have seen at the time and report those details to police

-- Tony Barboza