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Shooting on Eastbound Highway 50 in Rancho Cordova appears targeted, authorities say

Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department respond to a shooting on eastbound U.S. Highway 50 near the Mather Field Road exit where a woman sustained a gunshot wound to her upper body, Friday, December 28, 2018.
Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department respond to a shooting on eastbound U.S. Highway 50 near the Mather Field Road exit where a woman sustained a gunshot wound to her upper body, Friday, December 28, 2018.

Eastbound Highway 50 at Mather Field Road was closed for about two hours due to a shooting on the road Friday, police said.

Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Sgt. Shaun Hampton said a woman was shot in the passenger seat of a moving car by someone in another car around 11:15 a.m.

The driver of the vehicle she was in lost control after the shooting and crashed into the center median, while the suspect vehicle escaped, Hampton said. The woman was transported to a hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening, he said.

Authorities believe the victims were specifically targeted, but motives remain unclear and no suspects are currently in custody, Hampton said.

During the closure, the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department said on Twitter that activity on the highway was forcing traffic to be diverted onto Mather Field Road.

California Highway Patrol incident logs indicated that eastbound lanes were open as of 1:10 p.m.

According to a news release, the Sheriff’s Department will take the lead in a joint investigation of the incident with CHP.

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