Hobart man charged with racial shooting
By Ruth Ann Krause Post-Tribune correspondent May 16, 2014 5:58PM
Updated: June 18, 2014 6:17AM
A Hobart man has been charged with attempted murder, aggravated battery and seven other felonies in a racially motivated incident in which he shot a restaurant worker in the head May 1 without provocation and then fired at responding police officers, prosecutors said.
William A. Seydel, 53, of the 200 block of Woodland Lane, fired at least three shots from his sport utility vehicle into a car driven by Dquan Robinson and then shot at police, who returned fire and wounded Seydel, according to Lake County prosecutors.
Robinson returned about 11 p.m. to the McDonald’s at 61st Avenue and Broadway in Merrillville, where he worked, because he had forgotten his wallet, police said. As he talked to a co-worker in the parking lot before leaving, the driver of a Ford Explorer gave them a “death glare” as he drove by, the two workers told police.
The employee working the drive-through window said the SUV driver, later identified as Seydel, had told her, “I thought I was going to have to pull my gun and shoot” when he saw Robinson, who is black, run up to be let inside to get his wallet, according to police.
They said as Robinson drove away, he noticed the SUV following him closely and pulled over, but the SUV slowed down as it came up on Robinson’s car and the driver started shooting.
Robinson was wounded in the head and taken to St. Mary Medical Center in Hobart and then transferred to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, Ill.
As Seydel fled the scene of the shooting, he shot at pursuing officers, who fired back, hitting Seydel in the back, police said. They said Seydel appeared intoxicated and refused to put down his gun before being subdued by a police dog.
He then referred to Robinson with a racial slur and said he wished that Robinson would die, police said.
Seydel’s initial hearing was continued until Monday because of his medical condition.