Man Shot at Woman in Road Rage Incident, Police Say

Incident is second roadway shooting in six days in northwest Indiana

Monday, Jan 20, 2014  |  Updated 12:39 PM CDT
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A tap on the brakes to suggest a trailing vehilce back off apparently angered the other driver. Anthony Ponce reports.

A tap on the brakes to suggest a trailing vehilce back off apparently angered the other driver. Anthony Ponce reports.

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A woman driving through northwest Indiana on Sunday night was shot at in an incident authorities said was a case of road rage.

The 33-year-old Lansing woman told police she was driving her Chrysler 300 slowly through Gary trying to avoid potholes. She said another vehicle came up behind her on 25th Avenue so she tapped her brake to signal that driver to back off. But that apparently angered the other driver.

In a statement, Indiana State Police said the other driver -- described only as a black man with hair in dreadlocks and a stocking cap -- pulled up beside the woman, flashed a gun at her and then began firing.

The woman told police the man fired four to five times as she sped off to get away. She was uninjured, but one of the bullets pierced her bumper and went into the truck.

The shooter was driving a a red four-door passenger car with dark tinted windows, authorities said.

Anyone with information on the shooting should call Indiana State Police at 219-696-6242.

The Times of Northwest Indiana reminded that this incident is the second in six days. A Valparaiso man last Wednesday was wounded by a bullet while driving near the Ripley Street exit in Lake Station. Police said the shooter in that case was a middle-aged black man with short hair. He was driving a silver or gray Dodge Ram 1500 pickup truck.

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