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Marine Recruiter Shot At While Driving On Highway 85 In Cupertino

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Police search for evidence on a closed southbound Highway 85 in Cupertino, December 19, 2012. (CBS)

Police search for evidence on a closed southbound Highway 85 in Cupertino, December 19, 2012. (CBS)

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CUPERTINO (CBS SF) – Southbound state Highway 85 near Cupertino reopened Wednesday afternoon after being closed while police investigated a case in which a Marine recruiter was shot at while driving, authorities said.

Sgt. Robert Durham, a spokesman for the Marine Corps Recruiting Station San Francisco, said the recruiter was shot at while traveling south on the highway.

Durham said the recruiter’s government-issued car was struck by gunfire, but the recruiter, who was alone in the car, was not hurt.

The Marine was driving a government-issued Pontiac G6 sedan on southbound Highway 85 about 12:25 p.m. when the vehicle was struck by bullets near Stevens Creek Boulevard, said California Highway Patrol Officer D.J. Sarabia.

“He hears a pop and the back window blows out,” Sarabia said.

The unidentified Marine exited at the De Anza Boulevard off-ramp, where he was met by California Highway Patrol and the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s deputies.

CHP officers shut down all southbound lanes in the area as officers scoured the roadway for evidence, causing a huge traffic jam.

A Sig-alert was issued at 2:16 p.m. as authorities collected evidence, and was canceled at 2:57 p.m. when the lanes reopened, according to the CHP.

(Copyright 2012 by CBS San Francisco and Bay City News Service. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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