The Indiana State Police is seeking the public’s help in identifying the
motorist who fired a handgun on Thursday at a vehicle on I-80 in Lake
According to police, at 9:03 p.m. 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, police said.
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, police said.
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 cross 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 handgun. A bullet was recovered from
The woman refused medical attention at the scene.
The ISP defines road rage as aggressive and/or angry behavior exhibited by a
driver. “It’s hard to understand yet it has happened to almost every
driver,” police said.
•Get out of the aggressive driver’s way.
•Don’t challenge the driver.
•Avoid eye contact.
•Be prepared to provide a vehicle description, license number, location, and
direction of travel.