An 18-year-old woman and her 27-year-old driver were grazed by bullet wounds fired into their car early Tuesday morning, as East Palo Alto tried to find out who fired the gun.
Sgt. David Carson said the two are expected to survive; both victims were hit in the arms. A third person in the car wasn't struck at all.
He told NBC Bay Area he wasn't sure what the motive of the shooting was, and added that the victims were reluctant to tell police the whole story.
Their injuries stem from a car chase just before 1:30 a.m. where the city's Shotspotter system also picked up gunfire - about six shots- near the intersection of University Avenue and Michigan Avenue.
Police officers arrived at the 2200 block of University Avenue and found a red car (pictured above) parked along the roadway with a shattered rear window, and the two victims injured inside.
Carson said so far, it looks like that either two or three suspects followed the victims and fired at them as they drove east on University in a white newer model Toyota Camry with tinted windows. They then fled the scene.
Menlo Park Fire District crews arrived on scene and helped the injured, who were taken to a local hospital for further medical treatment.
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