Two people were injured in the late-night incident in Auburn, and traffic blocked into the early-morning hours. No arrests have been made.

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Two people were injured in a shooting Monday night on southbound Highway 167 in Auburn that left a sedan riddled with bullets in a roadside ditch and closed traffic for more than four hours.

Police are looking for a car and up to three people believed to have been involved.

Washington State Patrol (WSP) Trooper Cliff Pratt described the shooting as a road-rage incident that could be gang-related.

He said witnesses described both vehicles as driving aggressively.

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“There were some gang signs flashed back and forth,” Pratt said. “They were really making a show of it at one point.”

Two people fired shots at a 1999 Mazda 626 occupied by the victims and two other people, according to the State Patrol. At least 13 bullets struck the car, Pratt said. The driver and front passenger were hit, and the car crashed into a ditch near the entrance ramp to 15th Street Northwest.

“The car was Swiss cheese,” Pratt said. “There were shell casings that literally stretched for a mile.”

The two victims, a 20-year-old woman from Tacoma and a 21-year-old man from Roy, Pierce County, had lower-body injuries and were taken to Harborview Medical Center. WSP was investigating the scene until about 3 a.m. Traffic was diverted off a 3-mile stretch of highway for more than four hours as WSP investigators looked for physical evidence.

Pratt said investigators used a Seattle Police dog trained to look for evidence such as accelerants and powders.

“Luckily, it wasn’t raining and we actually got quite a bit of evidence,” Pratt said. “We found different types of shell casings. That leads us to believe there were at least two guns.”

Pratt said no weapons were recovered from people in the car that was shot up.

“It sounds like it was a one-way thing,” Pratt said.

Pratt said WSP did not have a good description of the suspect vehicle, but believes three people were inside — one driver and two shooters. One of the suspects might have been wearing a red bandanna, Pratt said.