Picture of Kia Forte from the scene

UPDATE: ISP arrests suspects in shots fired from vehicle on I-80/94

Contributed By:The 411 News

Three vehicles and two people hit

The vehicle and occupants involved in the shooting yesterday evening have been located and arrested.

Indiana State Police reported they received a tip about 11:49 p.m., Friday, about the vehicle and its occupants involved in the Friday evening shooting on I-80/94. The tip led investigators to an apartment complex in Gary, the arrest of 4 males, and recovery of 4 weapons.

An ISP statement said, “It was learned that the vehicle that was involved in the shooting, a gold 2017 Kia Sportage had been carjacked earlier on Friday in Illinois by gunpoint. The vehicle that was shot was a Kia Forte.”

In custody are Naja Wilder, 18 of Richton Park, Illinois, and three juveniles. The juveniles are a 16-year old from Pendleton, Indiana; a 17-year old from Park Forest, Illinois; and a 17-year old from Illinois; all taken into custody without incident. Wilder has multiple felony warrants through the Cook County Sheriff’s Department. They are incarcerated at the Lake County Jail in Crown Point and charged with Attempted Murder.

Preliminary investigation reports from ISP Public Information Officer Sgt. Ann Wojas revealed at approximately 5:27 p.m., Friday, September 27, Indiana State Police Troopers Conner Davidson and Clay McBride responded to reports of shots fired on I-80/94 west bound in the vicinity of Burr Street in Gary.

They located a gray Kia that had multiple bullet holes and two passengers inside had been shot. A back seat passenger, a 23-year-old male from Gary, had been hit by multiple bullets in his legs. A front seat passenger, an eleven-year old from Steger, Illinois had been struck in the leg by the gunfire.

The other two occupants in the Kia were not injured.

Two other cars, a Ford Focus and a Subaru Outback, had also been struck by gunfire. Both vehicles were each struck once; both had only one occupant and neither were injured.

Further investigation showed that the Kia was westbound on I-80/94 in the left lane when a dark colored crossover type vehicle pulled alongside them and multiple shots were fired. As both vehicles continued west bound driving in and out of the left lane and inner shoulder, additional shots were fired striking the Focus and Subaru.

Additional investigation by detectives with the ISP Criminal Investigation Section reported the shooting appears to be targeted and not a case of road rage.

The gunshot victims were taken to North Lake Methodist Hospital in Gary with non-life threatening injuries.

Assisting: Troopers Alyssa Partyka, James Brasseur, John Landowski, Sergeant Jerry Michalak and First Sergeant Scott Gilbert

Story Posted:09/28/2019

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