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Update: Shots Were Fired at Car That Crashed on SB-101, Injuring at Least One

The crash, which happened at approximately 3:30 p.m. Sunday, involved an apparent shooting victim.

Update: Monday 12:52 a.m.

[Editor's Note: Bay City News contributed to these reports.]

A car that crashed on southbound U.S. Highway 101 in San Mateo County this afternoon was shot at by another vehicle, injuring at least one person, according to Belmont police.

The car, a red 2009 Dodge Charger, crashed at the Holly Street exit in San Carlos around 3:30 p.m., landing in the bushes next to the off-ramp, according to Lt. Patrick Halleran.

The car had been shot multiple times and at least one occupant was injured by the gunfire, Halleran said.

All three of the car's occupants, two men and one woman, were taken to the hospital for injuries sustained in the shooting and in the crash.

Initial investigation determined that the shooting occurred on Hwy 101 at the Ralston Ave. exit. However, the incident may have started as far back as Highway 92 in San Mateo, Halleran said. As a result, the Belmont Police Department took over the investigation, with assistance from the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office, the San Mateo County Forensic Laboratory and the California Highway Patrol.

Investigators are asking for the public's help in piecing together what happened. Anyone with information on the shooting or events leading up to it is asked to call Belmont police at (650) 595-7400 or the Belmont Police Crime Tip Line at (650) 598-3000.

Updated Sunday 8:02 p.m.

All lanes have reopened on southbound U.S. Highway 101 following a police investigation and accident just north of Holly Street, according to the California Highway Patrol.

A crash involving an apparent shooting victim was reported around 3:30 p.m. near Holly Street, CHP officer James Evans said.

The vehicle was seen swerving before it veered off the roadway, Evans said.

There has been some jurisdictional confusion but the Belmont police department appears to be handling the investigation.

Motorists are being advised to expect residual delays in the area of the crash.

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Updated Sunday 6:36 p.m.

Belmont Patch editor Rick Eymer reports that the southbound lanes of Hwy. 101 are now open, however the Holly St. exit remains closed.

Earlier this afternoon CHP and sheriff's officials shut down all lanes of Hwy. 101 southbound following an accident that apparently involved a shooting. 

Patch will update the story as information becomes available.

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Updated Sunday 5:43 p.m.

All southbound lanes on U.S. Highway 101 remain blocked due to a police investigation and accident just north of Holly Street, according to the California Highway Patrol.

A crash involving an apparent shooting victim was reported around 3:30 p.m. near Holly Street, CHP officer James Evans said.

The vehicle was seen swerving before it veered off the roadway, Evans said.

The San Mateo County Sheriff's Office is handling the investigation, according to the CHP.

A Sheriff's Office spokesman has not returned a call seeking further information.

Motorists are being advised to expect delays in the area of the crash and to avoid the area if possible. No estimated time for reopening the roadway has been given.

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Sunday 4:34 p.m.

An apparent shooting victim has been involved in a crash in San Carlos this afternoon, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The crash was reported at about 3:30 p.m. near Holly Street, CHP officer James Evans said.

A vehicle was seen swerving before it veered off the roadway, Evans said. The San Mateo County Sheriff's Office was responding to the scene. Further information was not immediately available.

 

--Bay City News

Steve Barnes October 01, 2012 at 07:23 AM
Let's see ... incident happens on a California Highway, and the California Highway Patrol is NOT the investigating agency ????? At different times the San Mateo Sheriff and Belmont PD are listed as supposedly "in charge" .... REALLY ???? Only in California can it be this messed up.
Nom DePlume October 01, 2012 at 04:00 PM
I don't know where Steve Barnes lives, but I live in Belmont, CA. The California Highway Patrol is an agency of highway safety, not an investigative unit. They tend to traffic accidents, issue citations, etc. when a highway incident turns out to be a crime instead of an infraction, the police of the city where the crime occurred take the investigation. The car came to a stop in San Carlos, whose police force is so small it is sub-contracted to the San Mateo County Sheriff's office. When it was determined that the shooting actually took place in Belmont, it was obviously transferred to the Belmont Police. Only in California are all agencies so eager to do the right thing that they immediately assume responsibility, so that as much evidence as possible is preserved while sorting out which agency will ultimately handle it.
Starlet McGill October 01, 2012 at 04:14 PM
I was hoping that someone would have an intelligent response to this off-handed statement of "only in Cdlifornia" ??? What does that mean., anyway?
Merilou A. October 02, 2012 at 07:42 AM
I'd like to point out...... as other good fellow drivers & I sat with patience in that Hwy. 101 southbound mess in Ralston only exit for well over an hour. We watched far to many "Rude & Selfish" drivers who felt their time and needs were more important then the rest of us in line waiting to get off at that exit too!!!! Driving on the shoulder is " Against the Law " It is an "Emergency Only Lane." Wish there was a CHP sitting on the side giving each and everyone a ticket. " SHAME ON YOU "

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