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[ISP] Valparaiso Man Shot in Road Rage Incident
Start Date: 1/15/2014Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 1/15/2014
Entry Description
Lake County-A 48 year old Valparaiso man (victim) on his way home from work was involved in a road rage incident on I-80, early this evening that resulted in him being shot.

Preliminary investigation revealed that shortly after 4:00 p.m., this Wednesday, January 15, 2014, afternoon, the victim was on south bound Cline to east bound I-80 when he cut in front of another vehicle to merge onto the interstate. This purportedly upset the driver of that vehicle. The victim continued east bound and at one point the suspect pulled alongside the victim’s red 1999 Dodge Ram pickup rolled down his (suspect) window and began to yell. The victim sped off not wanting to engage the suspect in any type of confrontation; when he noticed the suspect trying to catch up with him.

The victim was in the far left lane when he noticed that the suspect who was in the middle lane had almost caught up with him when he heard a loud bang and thought at first he had been hit with a brick. The victim’s passenger rear window on his pickup was shattered. He later realized that he had been shot once in the upper back and that the bullet had exited out the front part of his shoulder. The victim was able to retrieve the bullet when he took his shirt off.

The suspect veered his vehicle across all lanes of I-80 east bound traffic after shooting and exited off onto south bound Ripley Street. The victim was able to pull his pickup off just east of the south bound Ripley Street exit on the inner shoulder where he called police.

The suspect is described as a middle age black male with very short hair, driving a silver or gray Dodge Ram 1500 pickup.

The victim was taken to a local hospital where he sustained non-life threatening injuries.

Indiana State Police are asking anyone who may have information on this road rage incident or any information on the suspect to please call Detective Mike Bailey at 219-690-0039.
Contact Information:
Name: Sgt. Ann Wojas
Phone: 219-696-6242
Email: awojas@isp.in.gov
Lake Co. shooting
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