Driver Wounded in Indiana Road Rage Shooting

Jan. 16, 2014
Police are looking for a driver who shot another driver in the shoulder after being cut off in Hammond.

Police are looking for the driver of a Dodge Ram pickup who shot another driver in the shoulder after being cut off on Cline Avenue at Interstate 80 west of Hammond, Ind.

The wounded driver, a 48-year-old man from Valparaiso, Ind., pulled over just east of the Ripley exit on I-80 and called police around 4 p.m. Wednesday, according to Indiana state police. He was taken to a hospital and his injuries were not considered life-threatening.

The driver told authorities he was driving his red pickup truck south on Cline, headed to the eastbound I-80 ramp, when he cut off another truck, a gray or silver Dodge Ram, according to state police. The other driver sped up along side him, rolled down his window and started yelling, police said.

The first driver told police he sped up to get away but noticed the other driver chasing him. The driver said he was in the far left lane of the interstate when he noticed the other driver in the middle lane and heard a loud bang and thought his truck had been hit by a brick.

The rear window was shattered and the driver then realized he had been shot in the upper back "and that the bullet had exited out the front part of his shoulder," state police said in a statement. "The victim was able to retrieve the bullet when he took his shirt off."

The other driver veered across the interstate and exited onto southbound Ripley Street, police said. No arrests had been reported as of this morning.

Police said the shooter appeared to be middle-aged man with short hair. A detailed physical was not released. Police asked that anyone with information contact Detective Mike Bailey at 219-696-0039.

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