A drive-by shooting at an occupied car in southwest Santa Rosa shattered a windshield and damaged a bumper but missed three people inside, said a Sonoma County sheriff's official Monday.

A 31-year-old Santa Rosa man had been driving with two teenaged passengers when his car was hit by the bullets, sheriff's Sgt. Dave Pedersen said.

"Luckily, no one was hit" in the brazen afternoon shooting, Pedersen said.

Sheriff's detectives Monday were investigating Friday's gunfire.

The man had been driving on Moorland Avenue near West Robles Avenue at about 3 p.m. Friday. Two young men in another car had been driving closely behind them just before the shots erupted, the victims told deputies.

One bullet shattered the back windshield. Deputies later found it lodged above the dashboard. A bullet hole was found in the car's bumper.

A search of the area turned up four casings, believed to be connected to the drive-by shooting. Neighbors and workers at area businesses told deputies they'd heard shots fired at about 3 p.m. Pedersen said.

The driver and 16- and 17-year-old family members had been heading for an area school to pick up other family members when the shooting occurred.

He got the children and drove home before calling 911 at 3:48 p.m. to report the gunfire, Pedersen said.

The driver told deputies he "freaked out and ducked" when the windshield shattered, according to reports.

The victims said the car appeared to be a gray sedan or coupe. Only a vague description was given of the two in the tailgating car.

Whether the gunfire was gang related wasn't known.

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