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Freeway shut in San Diego after shootings target cars, ambulance

October 3, 2011 |  2:00 pm

A portion of a busy freeway was shut down Monday afternoon after a series of three freeway shootings in San Diego County on Monday left one person with a gunshot wound to the leg, authorities said. An ambulance was shot at in one of the incidents.

The northbound 805 Freeway was closed in San Diego between Interstate 8 and Route 163.

Authorities were searching for two people traveling in a white Chevrolet Malibu, with a possible license plate of 5POM917. The suspects are considered armed and dangerous and motorists were asked to avoid contact.

In the first incident, two suspects shot at a motorist on the northbound 805 in National City at about 10:43 a.m., authorities said. No one was hit.

The suspects then apparently shot an individual in the leg on I-805 near Mesa College at about 10:49 a.m., authorities said. The wound was not life-threatening, they said.

In the third incident, at about 10:56 a.m., an ambulance was shot at but not hit on northbound Interstate 5 near Del Mar.


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Photo: A closed portion of Interstate 805 in San Diego. Credit: KSWB-TV