Eight injured in possible shooting behind the wheel in Colorado

Eight people were injured and a car and an ambulance caught fire due to a possible highway shooting in Colorado, authorities said.

The incident got out of control when the suspect or suspects shot at another vehicle on the highway in Wellington on Thursday night, causing the victim’s car to crash and catch fire. the Larimer Sheriff’s Office tweeted.

Photos from the crash site show the burnt-out car still smoking as it rests on a large expanse of burned grass.

The suspect vehicle fled the scene before they could be apprehended, local officials added.

None of the six passengers in the victim’s car were hit by gunfire, but they were treated for non-life-threatening injuries from the crash, the statement continued.

An ambulance that attended to the fire also caught fire, although no one was injured.

In all, eight people were transported to the hospital as a result of the incident, the Larimer Sheriff’s Office said.

Eight people were injured in the fire, a possible shooting on the highway Thursday, authorities said.NBC News
The scene of the accident, including an ambulance.An ambulance that responded to the crash also caught fire, police said. NBC News

It is not clear if the other two injured were first responders or other motorists.

“Investigators are still gathering information from witnesses and processing the scene for evidence. We will share more information as it becomes available,” the office wrote Thursday night.

The accident forced authorities to close nearby roads, which were reopened around 12:30 a.m. Friday.

Authorities closed surrounding roads while they cleaned up the wreckage.Authorities closed surrounding roads while they cleaned up the wreckage. NBCNews

Highway shootings are a growing concern in the US: More than 400 people were injured in such incidents in 2022, up from more than 170 in 2018, according to data from Everytown Research and Policy.

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Last month, a Texas woman was fatally shot in the head after her husband played a prank on a fellow driver.

“He slowed down until we were like this, and he shot through my left rear window and hit my wife in the back of the head,” the victim’s husband later recalled of the harrowing encounter.

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