USD student shot while driving on Route 163

City News Service

A University of San Diego student was shot in her rib cage while driving to school on state Route 163 Tuesday, police said.

The woman told authorities she was driving south in the fast lane near Balboa Avenue when she felt a pain in her right side, according to San Diego police spokesman Detective Gary Hassen.

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.

San Diego police found a bullet hole in the passenger-side door of her Toyota Matrix, Jackman said.

The CHP temporarily closed all southbound lanes to accommodate their investigation. Officers walked in a line down the road to search for evidence, and found five bullet shells on the shoulder between Clairemont Mesa Boulevard and Balboa Avenue, police said.

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

The woman was taken to Sharp Memorial Hospital, where she underwent surgery, Jackman said.

Jackman said he expected 163 to be fully reopened this afternoon.

   
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