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State police seek help to solve 4 interstate shootings

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — After four interstate shootings around the city in one weekend, state police are asking for help.

No one was killed, but it comes as the city nears the record for criminal homicides.

Three of the shootings, which happened Friday and Sunday, appear to be motivated by road rage, state police said.

In Monday morning’s shooting, on northbound Interstate 465 near 71st Street on the northwest side, an 18-year-old man was injured. Police say the victim likely knew the person who pulled the trigger.

At this time police haven’t found a common thread connecting these shootings.

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“We have not found a connection yet to the four that happened this weekend; however we are working very closely with IMPD to compare notes on different investigations they have and these investigation to see if we can link anything,” said ISP Sgt. John Perrine.

Here’s what happened in each incident, according to ISP:

  • The first shooting occurred Friday Sept. 25, around 3:30 p.m. on I-465 near Harding Street. A purple Nissan Altima with a chrome grill, occupied by four black males, allegedly fired several rounds at a red Dodge Ram pulling a trailer loaded with lumber. Fortunately nobody in the truck was injured. 
  • The second shooting occurred just hours later, Sept. 25, around 10:15 p.m., when a dark sedan fired shots at gold Lexus, which was occupied by two 17-year-old juveniles. One of the juveniles was injured by broken glass; however neither suffered gunshot wounds. 
  • Sunday afternoon, Sept. 27, at approximately 4:30 p.m., a brown semi-tractor trailer was struck by gunfire on I-74 westbound at the 70 mile marker, which is just west of I-465. The driver of the semi was not injured. Detectives are looking for an older model tan Chevrolet Tahoe that was driven by a black male. The driver of that Tahoe allegedly fired shots from a handgun at the semi.
  • Early Monday, Sept. 28, around 2:30 a.m., an 18-year-old male was shot while driving a grey Chevrolet Impala on I-465 northbound at the 20 mile marker, near I-65 on the city’s west side. The male was driven to the hospital by a bystander and the Chevrolet Impala was left on I-465. The suspect vehicle in this incident was described as a black Dodge Charger with tinted windows.

Anyone with information or dashcam video of these areas at the times when the incidents occurred is asked to call 317-262-TIPS.

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