CUPERTINO -- A Marine recruiter who was shot at while traveling on a West Valley freeway Wednesday does not appear to have been targeted because of his military status, suggesting that the attack was random, the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office said Thursday.

Sheriff's Sgt. Jose Cardoza said the victim was driving an unmarked government-issued car and wearing a jacket concealing his uniform, making it unlikely that the attack was fueled by anti-military sentiment.

That the shooting now seems indiscriminate is a concern for the thousands of motorists who travel Highway 85 each day, something investigators say they are attuned to.

"We're working diligently," Cardoza said, "and are turning our focus to identifying a suspect."

No suspects or motive are clear in the shooting, which occurred about 1 p.m. Wednesday as the recruiter drove a Pontiac G6 southbound on Highway 85. As he neared the Stevens Creek Boulevard exit, bullets struck his car and shattered the rear passenger windows. The Marine was not hit.

He got off the freeway at the De Anza Boulevard offramp, where he was met by sheriff's deputies and officers from the California Highway Patrol. Investigators are working to determine the source of the gunfire but so far have not released details.

Contact Robert Salonga at 408-920-5002. Follow him at Twitter.com/robertsalonga.



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