updated 7/23/2006 10:40:08 AM ET 2006-07-23T14:40:08

Sniper shootings of two vehicles along Interstate 65 in southern Indiana early Sunday left one person dead and another injured, state police said.

A sniper shot at a southbound vehicle about 12:20 a.m., killing one of its three occupants, police said. About the same time, occupants of a second southbound vehicle called police to report a passenger had been shot.

The victim was hospitalized with injuries that were not life-threatening, police said.

Authorities closed a 14-mile stretch of the interstate in the area, about 40 miles south of Indianapolis.

A preliminary investigation showed the sniper fired from either the roadway or an overpass, state police said in a news release.

Meanwhile, police also were investigating two other shootings along the interstate about 50 miles northeast of Indianapolis. Those shootings, which occurred about two hours after the first shooting, struck a semitrailer and a parked, unattended vehicle, state police at the Redkey post said. No one was hurt.

“At this time it is unknown whether the shootings in the Seymour and Redkey area are related,” police said.

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