According to Belmont police investigators, the shooting of a red Dodge Charger traveling southbound on Hwy. 101 between Belmont and San Carlos on Sunday was not a random act. No other vehicles were struck by gunfire and police say it appears that the Charger and its occupants were the intended target. It is unknown if this was a road rage incident or stemmed from some other dispute.
On Sun., Sept. 30 shortly after 3:30pm, the California Highway Patrol responded to a report of an unknown medical emergency on Hwy 101 at the Holly St. exit in San Carlos.
Upon arrival CHP and EMS personnel found that a red 2009 Dodge Charger had left the roadway and was in the bushes adjacent to the off-ramp. Police say it was apparent that the vehicle had been shot multiple times and it appeared that at least one of the occupants was injured by gun fire.
Two of the three passengers in the Charger, a 19 year- old man from East Palo Alto and a 23 year-old woman from Santa Cruz have been released from the hospital. The third victim, a 24 year-old Menlo Park man, remains in an area hospital for treatment of injuries sustained in the shooting and subsequent crash.
Southbound Hwy 101 between Ralston Ave. and Holly St. was closed to all traffic for approximately 35 minutes following the incident. Investigators remained on the scene until 9:30 p.m., when the Charger was towed.
Belmont police are asking anyone with information on the events leading up to, during, or after the shooting to call (650) 595-7400 or the Belmont Police Crime Tip Line at (650) 598-3000. Callers can remain anonymous.
Additional information on this case will be provided as it becomes available.