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FORT COLLINS, Colo. — The Larimer County Sheriff’s Office said Thursday it is ramping up patrols after a woman was shot on Interstate 25 and six shattered windows in vehicles have been reported since April 21.

The sheriff’s office is still investigating the cause of the windows shattering, but it said in a news release only one window has been confirmed as being shot out.

There are no suspects or leads in the shooting of 20-year-old Cori Romero, who was shot in the neck April 22 while driving home from work on southbound Interstate 25 near Fort Collins. Romero has been discharged from the hospital.

The sheriff’s office said it is sharing information with other law enforcement agencies and using crime analysis procedures to track the incidents.

The incidents began April 21 about 11:15 a.m. when the right passenger window of a Larimer County Sheriff’s Office van shattered as it was traveling on Interstate 25 just north of Mead. The van was transporting three inmates from the Jefferson County Detention Center when the window shattered. There were no injuries.

On April 22, a man driving on East Eisenhower Boulevard just before North Cleveland Avenue in Loveland just before 10 p.m. reported he heard a “pop” and the rear window of his vehicle suddenly shattered. He was not injured.

About 90 minutes later, Romero was shot in the neck while driving southbound on Interstate 25 between East Harmony Road and Highway 392. The bullet shattered the driver’s side window of the vehicle about 11:15 p.m. and entered Romero’s neck. She managed to pull to the side of the road and call 911 for help, and was transported to a hospital.

On April 23 just after noon, a man driving on Weld County Road 49 between Weld County Road 26 and Weld County Road 24 said his driver’s side window shattered. He said he thought he had been shot, but he was not injured.

On Tuesday, the driver’s side window of a pickup truck was shattered as a man was driving southbound on Interstate 25 near the exit for Larimer County Road 50 in northeast Fort Collins. The man was not injured but called 911.

On Wednesday, two drivers on Interstate 25 told the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office of their windows being shattered as they traveled on Interstate 25 between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. The incidents happened at mile markers 276 and 257.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Weld County Sheriff’s Office at 970-356-4015, the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office at 970-416-1985 or Crime Stoppers at 970-221-6868.