Illinois Mother of Two Critically Injured in Drive-by Shooting

iStock/Thinkstock(LAKE DELTON, Wis.) — A mother is in critical condition after a gunman shot her in the neck while she was in her car with her husband and two children in Wisconsin.

Dane County Sheriff David Mahoney called it "a random act." The gunman, who was later shot by law enforcement, is in police custody.

The shooting happened Sunday afternoon on Interstate 90/94 as the victim, her husband and their two children were driving home to Illinois from the Wisconsin Dells area.

They were passing a Chevrolet Blazer when the Blazer driver rolled down his window and fired three rounds at their car, the Sauk County Sheriff's Office said.

It was the second round that went into the passenger window and hit the victim's neck. Meanwhile, the gunman -- with his two brothers as passengers -- kept driving. The Dane County Sheriff's Office says another car was also struck by gunfire but the driver wasn't injured.

Chief Deputy Jeff Spencer told ABC News that the mother, 44, was hospitalized in critical condition. Spencer did not know the ages of the children. The sheriff's office said the man and the children were not injured. The mother's identity has not been released by the sheriff's office.

Witnesses called 911 and officers pursued the gunman's car, deploying road spikes to stop it. The suspect then got out of the car and walked toward the officers armed with a revolver, the sheriff's office said. After ignoring commands to stop, the suspect was shot by officers, according to police.

The sheriff's office says the suspected gunman, a 22-year-old from West Allis, Wisconsin, is also the suspect in a murder at an apartment building in West Allis the morning of the drive-by shooting.

The gunman, whose identity was not released, is being treated at a local hospital and is in the custody of the Dane County Sheriff’s Office.

The gunman's brothers are being held at the Dane County Jail, the sheriff's office said.

The shooting remains under investigation. Anyone who saw the shooting is asked to call the Dane County tip line at 608-284-6900.

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California anticipates much-needed rain this week after catastrophic wildfiresGoogle Earth(NEW YORK) -- Ravaged by a slew of deadly wildfires in recent days, northern California is set to get a bit of relief this week in the form of rain.

A storm system is expected to move over the Pacific Northwest later this week and the trailing cold front will most likely bring some much-needed rain to northern California between Thursday and Friday, according to ABC meteorologists.

"It will rain a bit but not enough to fully douse the blazes," AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Ken Clark said in a statement Tuesday. "The biggest advantage to firefighters will be the increase in humidity and lower temperatures."

Massive wildfires have charred more than 245,000 acres of land statewide in the past week, killing at least 41 people and destroying thousands of homes, according to authorities.

Firefighters were battling about a dozen wildfires as of late Tuesday evening, although most of them were more than halfway contained.

“The weather today will be warm with low humidity, which will continue to challenge firefighters, but only light winds are forecast,” CalFire said in a statement on Tuesday. “A chance of precipitation is expected to arrive later in the week, bringing relief from the dry conditions.”

The northern parts of the Golden State, which has bared the brunt of the fire damage, is forecast to see an influx of cloudy, cooler and wetter weather later in the week, according to AccuWeather.

Spotter from Los Osos was reporting sprinkles from this high level moisture. Dry at lower levels. Rain evaporates. Also called "Virga" #cawx pic.twitter.com/sgxj3bdXZQ

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However, a return of dry air, heat and areas of gusty winds could once again raise the wildfire danger early next week, meteorologists said.

Separately, a band of moisture, referred to as Atmospheric River by weather experts, is currently stretching between Asia and North America. It’s expected to bring several storm systems into many parts of the Pacific Northwest through the rest of the week.

The first of these storms have already hit the Pacific Northwest with wind gusts of between 40 and 74 mph.

A number of wind warnings and flood watches are in effect in the western and northern parts of the U.S. ahead of the storm.

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