updated 5/3/2005 12:28:52 AM ET 2005-05-03T04:28:52

Authorities said a bullet hit a motorist’s car Monday and two men were wounded in separate freeway shootings over the weekend, the latest in a spate of highway gunfire in Southern California in recent weeks that has killed four.

A bullet pierced the windshield of a car being driven on Highway 14 on Monday, but nobody was injured, authorities said. Police are investigating whether the incident was linked with the earlier shootings.

In the first wounding, a 16-year-old driver was shot three times by someone who pulled alongside the victim’s car Saturday on Interstate 5. The victim was able to drive to a hospital and was expected to survive, police said.

Authorities said events leading up to the shooting indicate it may have been motivated by road rage.

In the other incident, police said a 19-year-old man was shot three times early Sunday while driving on Interstate 405 but managed to pull off the freeway and flag down a firefighter. He was in stable condition.

Authorities are also investigating whether shots were fired at another motorist early Sunday. No one was injured in the incident.

In the past five weeks, two men have been killed in separate incidents in Los Angeles while traveling on Interstate 110. Two others were shot and killed on freeways in neighboring counties. The shootings are not believed to be connected, police said.

Authorities have increased freeway patrols and considered installing recorders on roadside traffic cameras.

So far this year, there have been 11 freeway related shootings in Los Angeles, police said. In 2004, there were 36 shootings, with one fatality. In 2003, there were 46 incidents and four fatalities.

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