The Indiana State Police is seeking the motorist who shot and seriously
injured another driver on Thursday morning on an I-80 on-ramp in Gary.
According to police, at 10:39 a.m. Tyron Hopkins, 44, of Gary, was on the
ramp from southbound Grant Street to eastbound I-80 when a second vehicle
pulled alongside his 1995 Ford Escort. The driver of the second—and
unidentified—vehicle, then shot Hopkins with a firearm.
Hopkins was transported to Northlake Methodist Hospital in Gary with
Evidence was recovered at the scene and investigators are seeking a person
of interest, police said.
Anyone with information on the incident is urged to contact Det. Brian
Kubiak at (219) 696-6242.
At 9:03 p.m. Aug. 23—exactly three weeks earlier—a young woman was westbound
in the left lane of I-80, west of Grant Street, when a dark-colored pickup
truck driven by an older white male began tailgating her, for roughly a
mile. The man then shifted into the left-center lane and attempted to force
the woman into the concrete median wall, police said. Next he pulled up onto
her driver’s side, traveling along the shoulder, prompting the woman to
shift into the left-center lane herself.
But the man tracked her movement, took a position in the left lane, and
again tried to push the woman right.
Then he returned to his position on the passenger’s side of the woman’s
vehicle and waved a silver handgun in the air. The woman heard a “bang” and
observed a fresh hole in her passenger’s side door.
The woman was not struck by the bullet but did sustain an injury when a
plastic shard from her car door hit her hand, police said.
At that point the shooter promptly crossed all lanes of westbound traffic
and exited onto Cline Ave.
The suspect had white hair and was wearing a baseball cap. He is believed to
have been armed with a small-caliber weapon. A bullet was recovered from the
The woman refused medical attention at the scene.