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One killed, one hurt, by sniper fire on interstate





Sunday, July 23, 2006; Posted: 2:05 p.m. EDT (18:05 GMT)


SEYMOUR, Indiana (AP) -- Sniper fire struck two pickup trucks along Interstate 65 in southern Indiana early Sunday, killing one person and injuring another, state police said.


One or more snipers shot at a southbound truck about 12:20 a.m., killing one of its three occupants, police said.


About the same time, occupants of a second southbound truck called police to report a passenger had been shot.


The victim was hospitalized with injuries that were not life-threatening, police said.


Officials were also investigating two other shootings along Interstate 69 about 50 miles northeast of Indianapolis. No one was hurt.


Authorities closed a 14-mile stretch of Interstate 65, about 50 miles south of Indianapolis, for about eight hours Sunday. The interstate is part of the only direct route between Chicago and Florida and is heavily traveled at all hours, state police Sgt. Jerry Goodin said.


A preliminary investigation could not determine whether the shots came from the roadway or an overpass, or if there was more than one shooter.


"Right now, we haven't made a determination whether it's one person or how many people are involved," Goodin said.


In the I-69 shootings, state police at Redkey received a report about 2:30 a.m. that a semitrailer was struck near Muncie. About an hour later, a shot struck a parked, unattended vehicle.


"At this time it is unknown whether the shootings in the Seymour and Redkey area are related," Goodin said.


At the Seymour state police post, technicians gathered evidence from the two trucks hit in the earlier shootings. A Chevrolet had a bullet hole near the top of the windshield on the passenger side, and blood stained the top of the seat. A Dodge Ram pickup with Iowa plates had a bullet hole in the middle of its windshield and a rear window had been blown out.


After the first shooting, the driver pulled off the highway at a weigh station. After that investigation began, Seymour police received a call from a gas station just off I-65 reporting the second shooting.


Goodin asked motorists who traveled through the area in the past week to check their vehicles for bullet holes, saying a noise dismissed as a rock might have been a bullet.






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