Two cars were struck by bullets on the Capital Beltway in Prince George's County Tuesday night, touching off a police search of a wooded area between Rte. 1 and Kenilworth Avenue, Maryland State Police reported yesterday.

One motorist suffered minor cuts while removing broken glass from a window pierced by a bullet, police said.

State Police spokesman Chuck Jackson said the driver of a Mazda called the College Park police barracks from a service station at 9:26 p.m. to report that his car had been struck on the Beltway's inner loop. The second shooting, involving a Volkswagen on the outer loop, was reported at 10:15 p.m., he said.

He said witnesses reported hearing at least five shots, but police have not been able to determine the exact number of shots fired.

Sgt. J. Vincent Knox of the College Park barracks said one bullet passed through the right front window of the Volkswagen and exited through another window. That car's driver, whose name was not released, suffered the cuts, Knox said.

Jackson said police were able to retrieve a bullet from the door post of the Mazda, which contained two occupants whose names also were not released. Although a final determination had not been made, Knox said the weapon used was "probably a .22, most likely a rifle."

Jackson said the incident is under investigation but appeared to be a "random shooting with no motive."