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Police still searching for mystery shooter in Rockville

ROCKVILLE, Md. (WUSA9) -- A woman in Rockville, Md. is still recovering after a bizarre shooting Monday night that has left neighbors on edge.

The woman was hit by a stray bullet as she was driving through a suburban neighborhood in Rockville. Police are still searching for the shooter.

Neighbors reported hearing at least a half dozen shots near the Rockville Swim Club on Monday night. The woman was hit by one of the rounds as she was driving down Martin's Lane towards the Rockville Metro station. 

“It sounded like firecrackers, approximately six to eight,” said one neighbor who is too frightened to let us use her name.

Police at first did not find anything. But then a woman turned up at a fire station with a bullet hole in her driver's door and a gunshot or shrapnel wound to her legs. 

When asked how does somebody get shot and not realize it immediately, Major Bob Rappoport of the Rockville City Police had only one thing to say.

“I can't explain that.” 

Woman shot in leg by stray bullet in Rockville

Police suspect the rounds came from a field next to Rock Terrace School, a high school for children with special needs. But so far they've found no shell casings, no evidence and no suspect. 

“All of us are so fearful,” said neighbor Nell Thompson. 

Police are stumped. They have no idea why someone would be shooting in this neighborhood.

It's sheer speculation, but some people wonder if it might have been an ill-informed hunter. 

“It very well could have been a hunter,” said Rappoport. 

Or a shooter with a motive that's impossible to explain. 

The woman driver heard a loud noise and at first thought she had hit a deer. It was only when she got to the Metro station in Rockville that she realized she'd been shot. At last check, she was still in the hospital, but police say she'll be alright. 

If you have any clues or information on this, Rockville City Police are urging you to call them.

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