Valpo man shot on I-80/94 in road rage incident
Sun-Times Media January 15, 2014 7:50PM
A driver was hurt and a window of his pickup truck was shattered when another driver shot him during a road rage confrontation on I-80/94 near Hammond, Ind. Wednesday. / photo from Indiana State Police
Updated: February 17, 2014 8:51AM
HAMMOND — A man driving home from work was shot during an apparent road-rage incident Wednesday on Interstate 80/94.
The 48-year-old Valparaiso man was driving home from work about 4 p.m. when he merged in front of another vehicle onto the eastbound lanes of I-80/94 at Cline Avenue, Indiana State Police said in a release.
The driver of the other vehicle eventually pulled alongside the victim’s vehicle, rolled down his window and started to yell at the victim, police said.
The Valparaiso man told police he sped off to avoid the confrontation, but later noticed that the other driver was trying to catch up with him.
The vehicle had almost caught up with the victim when the driver heard a loud bang and realized the rear passenger window of his 1999 Dodge Ram pickup truck had been shattered, police said.
He initially thought his truck had been hit with a brick, but later realized he had been shot, police said. The bullet entered his upper back and exited through the front of his shoulder. The man retrieved the bullet when he took off his shirt, police said.
The suspect veered across all lanes of traffic and exited at Ripley Street just after the shooting, police said. He is described as a middle-age black male with short hair driving a silver or gray Dodge Ram 1500 pickup, the release said.
The man who was shot pulled over and called police. He was taken to a local hospital for injuries not believed to be life-threatening.
Authorities are calling the shooting a “road rage incident” and are asking anyone with information to call police at 219-690-0039.