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CHP confirms second car was shot driving on SR-163

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SAN DIEGO (AP) — The California Highway Patrol says a second car was hit by gunfire on the same San Diego freeway where a college coed was wounded.

The 21-year-old University of San Diego student is recovering after she was hit in the rib cage while driving to school Tuesday morning on state Route 163.

The CHP says a 42-year-old Rancho Bernardo man heard about the shooting and contacted authorities to say someone shot at his car in the same freeway area at about the same time.

Officials say a bullet struck the rear window pillar of his car but he wasn't hurt.

The CHP says the shootings appear to be related but there's no word on a motive and no arrests have been made.

This is a CBS 8 Breaking News Alert. The previous story is below.

SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A University of San Diego student was shot while driving to school on state Route 163 Tuesday morning is reportedly in good condition Wednesday morning.

Authorities withheld the name of the 21-year-old woman, who was wounded on the right side of her rib cage after the bullet apparently pierced the car door. The student apparently never got a look at her attacker, who remains at large. Police later picked up five bullet casings along the freeway between Clairemont Mesa Boulevard and Balboa Avenue, a spokesperson said.

The woman was taken to Sharp Memorial Hospital, where she underwent surgery, according to a California Highway Patrol officer. No hospital condition was made available.

The victim called her mother about 7:30 a.m. and, apparently unaware that she had been shot, told her she was having a hard time breathing, USD spokeswoman Pamela Gray Payton said. Her mother called for help seven minutes later, she said.

The victim told authorities she was driving south in the fast lane near Balboa Avenue when she felt a pain in her right side, San Diego police Detective Gary Hassen said. After calling her mother, the wounded woman was met by paramedics about 50 yards away from USD's east campus entrance, Payton said, adding that the CHP erroneously said someone at the USD gate called for help.

A bullet hole was found in the passenger-side door of the victim's Toyota Matrix, according to the CHP.

A description of the suspect vehicle was unavailable, and it was unclear if the woman ever saw the shooter or the vehicle.

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