NBC San Diego
Detectives search for evidence on April 5, 2011 after an unknown shooter struck a University of San Diego student during her commute on State Route 163.
A Rancho Bernardo man has come forward after finding a bullethole in his vehicle, the latest in a Tuesday morning incident that left a woman shot in the abdomen while driving on a San Diego highway, California Highway Patrol said.
The 42-year-old uninjured man, whose name has not been released, contacted CHP to report his 2010 Volkswagen Passat had been shot in the same vicinity as Tuesday's shooting, which occurred on southbound State Route 163 near State Route 52.
Investigators found a bullet hole in the car's left rear window pane, and they have concluded the two incidents to be related.
The latest reported event occurred at about 7:10 a.m. Tuesday.
A 21-year-old University of San Diego student was shot in the abdomen at about 7 a.m. while driving a 2006 silver Toyota Matrix in the same location. She was sent to a hospital, and her prognosis has been positive, CHP said.
Carmen Vazquez, vice president of USD student affairs, sent a campus-wide email Tuesday to students, asking them to "keep the student in your thoughts and prayers" and to consider attending daily mass.
The male victim heard a loud noise to the rear of his vehicle but had not realized his vehicle had been shot, CHP said. He then reported the incident after hearing local news coverage about the student's gun wound.
Officers found about 10 shell casings Tuesday near the shoulder along the highway between Clairemont Mesa Boulevard and Balboa Avenue. They have not yet announced whether the casings are related to the shootings.
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