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Recruiter uninjured in highway shooting

Dec. 19, 2012 - 09:49PM   |   Last Updated: Dec. 19, 2012 - 09:49PM  |  
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OCEANSIDE, Calif. A Marine Corps recruiter escaped injury Wednesday after someone fired several rounds at his government vehicle while he was driving along a San Jose-area highway, authorities said.

The shooting happened about 12:25 p.m. in Cupertino as the recruiter drove south on state Highway 85 in a Pontiac sedan, according to KGO-TV, an ABC affiliate in San Francisco.

Images showed the car with its rear right window shot out. The Marine continued driving and but pulled off the highway at the next exit and contacted police.

The recruiter, a sergeant, "is fine. He's working with the authorities," said Capt. Jorge Escatell, a spokesman with the 12th Marine District in San Diego, which includes recruiting stations throughout California.

"At this time, we really don't know" if the recruiter was targeted, Escatell said. The highway was closed for several hours for the investigation into the shooting, which was continuing.

Authorities haven't said yet whether the shooting is related to an earlier report of a residential burglary that prompted lockdowns at two schools in the vicinity after the alleged burglars fled the area, the Mercury News reported.

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