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Passenger and driver were both shot on U.S. Highway 101 south of Soledad

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A passenger and driver were both shot on U.S. Highway 101 south of Soledad on Sunday evening, leaving the passenger dead and the driver seriously injured, according to the Monterey County Sheriff’s Department. Soledad police and California Highway Patrol officers found the vehicle at 7:51 p.m. off the northbound lanes of the highway about a quarter-mile south of Arroyo Seco Road.

The car had gone down an embankment and was leaning up against a barbwire fence, according to the sheriff’s department. The man in the passenger seat was dead when officers arrived, and the car’s driver, a 29-year-old man from King City, was taken to Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital, according to the sheriff’s department.

A third person had been in the car, a 31-year-old man from Soledad, during the shooting but had run away before officers arrived. He was found and taken to the sheriff’s department. Both he and the car’s driver said that they had been chased by another vehicle and shot at them but they did not know why, sheriff’s officials said. The name of the man killed has not been released pending notification of his family.

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