Indiana sniper update: Roadway truck hit by bullets

| 7/24/2006

Investigators are making “good progress’ in tracking down a highway sniper who’s killed one motorist and hit at least three other vehicles, according to a spokesman for the Indiana State Police. One of those vehicles was a Roadway Express tractor-trailer.

Sgt. Rod Russell told “Land Line Now” there were two sets of shootings – one on Interstates 65, and a second on I-69 – and that they’re definitely related.

Both sets of incidents occurred in the morning Sunday, July 23.

Russell said the first shooting killed a 40-year-old Indiana man as he rode in a pickup on I-65 near Seymour. A short time later, another pickup was fired on not far from Seymour. A passenger in that vehicle was slightly wounded.

About two hours after the first two incidents, a tractor-trailer was hit by gunfire on I-69 at mile marker 42 – about a hundred miles from Seymour. Russell said the trucker drove a few more miles to a truck stop, where he called 9-1-1.

“(The trucker) was driving a 2006 Volvo for Roadway Express, and sure enough, his truck had taken bullet rounds in the windshield and the side door,” Russell said. “Fortunately, the driver was not injured, and we’re thankful for that.”

Russell said a short time after the truck was hit, someone shot out the windows of a parked SUV that was in the same area.

After the fatal shooting on I-65, police shut down a section of the highway for eight hours. No other reports of gunfire have since been reported on either interstate.

– By Reed Black, staff writer