- Associated Press - Thursday, September 10, 2015

DENVER (AP) - A woman suffered minor injuries when gunshots were fired into her car windows from a passing vehicle, but police don’t believe the case is related to a series of apparently random roadside shootings that shook northern Colorado earlier this year.

The shooting happened early Thursday as the woman was driving on a highway south of downtown Denver, police spokeswoman Christine Downs said. Detectives believe the shooting is isolated but are still investigating whether it was random or if the woman was targeted, Downs said. The woman did not get a good look at the suspect’s car.

Downs said the shooting does not appear to be related to a series of apparently random roadside shootings that happened in northern Colorado earlier this year, nor to a spate of freeway shootings in the Phoenix area this week.

The northern Colorado cases raised alarm that a serial shooter might be trolling the areas roads.

In one of the shootings, on May 18, a bicyclist was found dead along a rural road in Windsor. On April 22, a woman driving on nearby Interstate 25 was shot in the neck but survived. Police have said those two cases are linked by evidence, but they haven’t said how they reached that determination. The victims didn’t know each other.

All of the shootings happened within about 15 miles of each other.

A June 3 shooting in Loveland killed 65-year-old William Connole as he walked on a sidewalk along a main street.

Several shattered vehicle windows were reported around the same time, but authorities said they were likely broken by road debris and not bullets.

Investigators from several law enforcement agencies formed a task force that continues to investigate those cases, Larimer County sheriff’s spokesman David Moore said.

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