Four East Chicago men charged in I-80/94 random shooting

2013-04-04T19:41:00Z 2013-04-04T23:00:12Z Four East Chicago men charged in I-80/94 random shootingSusan Brown susan.brown@nwi.com, (219) 662-5325 nwitimes.com

CROWN POINT | Prosecutors have charged four East Chicago men with multiple counts including attempted murder in a random shooting on the interstate, which wounded a man in the head.

Charged are Kelvin Campbell Jr., 25, and Charles Cook, Eric Douglas and Dominique Wright, all 23.

Besides two counts of attempted murder, the men are charged with aggravated battery, two counts of battery, attempted battery, two counts of criminal recklessness and two counts of pointing a firearm, all felonies.

According to the probable cause affidavit, an East Chicago man became the random target of the four men who had announced they were going "riding," meaning they were looking to shoot someone, a witness told police.

Inside the car were three handguns and an AK47, according to the witness.

The victim was shot because the men believed him to be from the Harbor as opposed to the Calumet area, the witness told police.

The victim, who survived a bullet wound to the head, told police he did not owe anyone money, did not have any problems with anyone and had no idea who shot him, the affidavit states.

The man told police he was followed onto Interstate 80/94 on Jan. 28, 2012, and fired on, causing him to drive off the side of the road, crash and flip over before the car came to a rest on its roof.

A motorist stopped to assist and call 911 after the victim and a companion crawled from the wreckage, the affidavit states.

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