July 25, 2006

Indiana cops probe another highway sniping report

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Indiana police are investigating
another possible highway sniper shooting in the wake of a
series of incidents that have left one person dead and another
injured, a spokesman said on Tuesday.

"We don't know if its related or a copy-cat," said Michael
Higgins, spokesman for the Lake County Sheriff's Department in
northwest Indiana.

The driver of a pickup truck reported on Tuesday that a man
in a trench coat standing at an interchange fired a long gun at
his vehicle, shattering a passenger-side window, he said.

The driver was not injured and investigators could find no
trace of the man he described, although a search was on for
evidence at the scene, Higgins said.

The Indianapolis Star reported on its Web site that state
police in charge of the investigation into the earlier sniping
incidents were questioning a suspect. There was no official
confirmation of that report.

One man was killed and another injured on Sunday in two
sniping incidents along Interstate 65 south of Indianapolis. A
few hours later a truck was hit by a shot on I-69 near Muncie,
northeast of Indianapolis.

Tuesday's reported incident involved non-Interstate
highways at the border between Hammond and Gary, Indiana.

Police have said they were treating the earlier incidents
as related until proven otherwise.