Shots Fired from Car on Highway 70 Kill One, Injure Another

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PLUMAS LAKE — All lanes of southbound Highway 70 were closed in the area of Plumas Lake in Yuba County Wednesday night while police searched for three people who are considered armed and dangerous.

The Yuba County Sheriff’s Department reports they received a call shortly before 6 p.m. A driver of a white sedan told officers someone in a gold Ford Focus fired on them on Highway 70 just south of Plumas Lake Boulevard.

Earlier in the day, the men in the white car had some sort of verbal exchange with the people in the Ford in Marysville. The groups did not know one another, according to the sheriff’s department.

CHP Officer David Hernandez confirmed the back passenger in the white sedan was pronounced dead following the shooting. His identity has not been reported.

The front passenger was injured and is recovering at a hospital while the driver was left untouched.

“Officers are still on the lookout for the suspect vehicle, and the driver and passengers,” Hernandez said. “As far as any additional danger, I don’t believe anyone else is in danger. I think this was an isolated incident involving these two vehicles.”

The three victims were headed toward Sacramento from Chico when the shooting occurred, according to the sheriff’s spokesperson.

According to the California Highway Patrol, the three men in the gold Ford Focus were last seen heading north on the highway from Feather River Road. Their car has tinted windows.

The CHP has released very few details about who they are looking for. The driver has been described as a white or Hispanic male with short, brown hair. His passengers are a white or Hispanic male with a ponytail and a black male with braided hair.

Caltrans reports all southbound lanes reopened at 10:16 p.m.

If you see the people involved you are asked to call 911 immediately.

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