CHP Looks for Video of Highway Shootings

By Michelle Wayland
|  Wednesday, Apr 13, 2011  |  Updated 8:05 AM PDT
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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.

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Driver Shot on SR 163: CHP

An Escondido woman was shot while driving southbound on State Route 163 near Balboa Avenue Tuesday morning, according to the California Highway Patrol.

SR 163 Shooting Victim Recovering

A 21-year old unidentified woman was shot in the side while driving her car on the 163 Tuesday morning. Brooke Tompkins has been friends with the victim since her high school days at Cathedral Catholic High. Tompkins believes the shooting was random, saying her friend wasn't the type to be in trouble.
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Investigators are asking for the public’s help as they work to identify a suspect in a highway shooting that injured one driver and struck the car of another, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Specifically, they’re looking for evidence that may be present on vehicles that have dash-mounted video recording devices. 

“Vehicles such as taxis, big rigs, fleet vehicles and even privately-owned vehicles routinely have such devices installed,” said Officer Art Athans.

Investigators ask that anyone with such devices who traveled on southbound State-Route 163 near Balboa Ave between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m. on Tuesday, April 5 to contact the CHP at 619-220-5492.

So far, a suspect has not been identified.

A 21-year-old University of San Diego student was traveling on southbound State Route 163 north of Balboa Avenue when an unknown shooter shot her in the abdomen through her vehicle.

A second victim, a 42-year-old Rancho Bernardo man, then came forward after hearing a loud noise while driving on the southbound SR-163 near State Route 52 at about the same time.

Investigators confirmed there was a bullet hole in his 2010 Volkswagen Passat's left rear window pane, and they concluded the two incidents to be related, CHP said.

About 10 shell casings were collected to the side of the highway.

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