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ISP: Four in custody after shooting on I-94 in Lake County

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Four were in custody today on charges of attempted murder, following a shooting on I-80/94 in Lake County on Friday, the Indiana State Police said.

According to police, at 5:27 p.m. two occupants of a vehicle westbound on I-80/94 sustained gunshot wounds--and two other vehicles were struck by gunfire--after a dark-colored crossover-type vehicle pulled alongside them and multiple shots were fired, police said. A 23-year-old Gary man was shot multiple times in the leg and an 11-year-old Steger, Ill., girl was shot once in the leg, police said. Both were transported to Methodist Hospital Northlake Campus in Gary with non-life threatening injuries, police said.

“Upon additional investigation by detectives with the Criminal Investigation Section, the shooting appears to be targeted, not a case of road rage,” police said.

About six hours later on Friday, at 11:49 p.m., the ISP received a tip about the suspect vehicle, leading investigators to an apartment complex in Gary. Taken into custody were Naja Wilder, 18, of Richton Park, Ill., and three juveniles: a 16-year-old Pendleton, Ind., boy; a 17-year-old Park Forest, Ill., boy; and a 17-year-old Illinois boy, police said.

“It was learned that the vehicle that was involved in the shooting had been carjacked, earlier on Friday, in Illinois by gunpoint,” police said.

The four were transported to Lake County Jail on a charge of attempted murder.


Posted 9/30/2019




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