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Menlo Park man injured in freeway shooting

Police in Belmont continue to look for witnesses to a shooting that took place along a mile of U.S. 101 in San Mateo County on Sunday afternoon.

Three people in a Dodge Charger were hospitalized with injuries from the shooting or the crash, police said. They include a 24-year-old man from Menlo Park who remains hospitalized. A 19-year-old East Palo Alto man and a 23-year-old Santa Cruz woman were treated and released.

Belmont police Lt. Patrick Halleran said information gathered in the wake of the shooting and subsequent crash "indicates that this was not a random shooting." The three in the Dodge Charger appeared to be the intended targets, Lt. Halleran said.

Investigators were trying to determine if the shooting was prompted by a road-rage incident or if it stemmed from another dispute, Lt. Halleran said.

At about 3:30 p.m., the Charger was shot numerous times as it headed south on U.S. 101 near the Ralston Avenue off-ramp in Belmont, police said. The vehicle veered off the roadway and crashed through a construction fence about a mile further south near an off-ramp to Holly Street in San Carlos.

No other vehicles were struck by bullets, and no one else was injured, police said.

Investigators are asking anyone with information about the events leading up to the shooting, during or after the incident, to call Belmont police at (650) 595-7400. Callers wishing to remain anonymous can call (650) 598-3000.

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