Road rage on Interstate 80/94 blamed for shooting

2014-01-15T19:18:00Z 2014-01-16T13:26:04Z Road rage on Interstate 80/94 blamed for shootingElvia Malagon elvia.malagon@nwi.com, (219) 933-3246 nwitimes.com

GARY | Police were searching Wednesday for a driver who shot a Valparaiso man during a road rage incident on I-80/94.

The 48-year-old shooting victim was heading home from work at 4 p.m. when he merged onto Interstate 80/94 from Cline Avenue, police said. He cut off another driver as he was getting onto the eastbound lanes of I-80/94.

He kept driving and soon noticed the man he had cut off was driving alongside him. He said the other driver rolled down his window and began yelling at him.

The Valparaiso man started driving faster to avoid the man. He told police he saw the angry man was catching up to him and then heard a loud bang.

The Valparaiso man's red 1999 Dodge Ram pickup truck's rear window shattered. He then realized he had been shot in his upper back, Indiana State Police said.

The shooter kept driving and exited on the Ripley Street exit, police said.

The Valparaiso man drove past the Ripley exit and called police from the interstate's shoulder. The man took off his shirt and was able to retrieve the bullet, which had gone in through his upper back and exited through his shoulder.  

He was taken to a local hospital with nonlife-threatening injuries, police said. Troopers did not identify the man who was shot because he told police he was scared of retribution from the shooter.

Police continued searching Wednesday night for the suspect in the shooting. He is described as a middle-aged black man with short hair. He was driving a silver or gray Dodge Ram 1500 pickup truck. 

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Indiana State Police Detective Mike Bailey at (219) 690-0039.

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