Indiana State Police called in off-duty troopers today to help investigate four possibly related early-morning sniper shootings on interstates that left one person dead and another wounded.
The gunfire in each case might have come from highway overpasses or from the roadway, police said.
The victims were passengers in separate pickup trucks that were hit about 12:30 a.m. as they headed south on I-65 near Seymour, in southern Indiana. Two other vehicles were struck by gunfire later near Muncie and the Indiana 332 exit on I-69.
“We’re calling all of our available manpower we have out to scour the interstates,” said state police spokesman Sgt. Jerry D. Goodin, who asked that motorists call 911 to report any suspicious activity on or along Indiana interstates.
Goodin identified the victims as Jerry L. Ross, 40, of New Albany, who was fatally shot as he rode in the passenger seat of a pickup truck. Two others in the vehicle were not injured.
Police identified the man wounded in the second attack as Robert John Otto Hartl, 25, of Audubon, Iowa. Hartl was treated and released from a Seymour hospital. The driver of the pickup truck he was in was not injured.
Goodin and Redkey post Sgt. Rod Russell said the shootings in both the Seymour and Muncie cases were part of a joint investigation. The Delaware County shootings occurred about two hours after the first gunfire was reported near Seymour. The two locations are roughly two hours distant by car.
We did not have any information of any prior road rage before the incidents,” noted Goodin. “That’s why we’re calling it sniper shootings.”
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