ISP: Juvenile from Pendleton among four charged in Gary interstate shooting

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GARY, Ind. (WTHR) - Murder charges have been filed against four people juveniles in connection with an interstate shooting that left two people injured.

Three of the suspects are juveniles.

Indiana State Police said Monday the four suspects, Naja Wilder and three juveniles, were involved in the I-80/94 shooting that occurred Friday, September 27th, 2019.

Each were each formally charged with four counts of attempted murder and three counts of criminal recklessness.

ISP said additional charges are expected.

During the investigation, police received a tip that led them to an apartment complex in Gary. The four were arrested there.

Police learned that the vehicle that was involved in the shooting had been carjacked at gunpoint in Illinois on Friday.

Wilder is from Richton Park, Illinois. The juveniles are a 16-year-old from Pendleton, Indiana, a 17-year-old from Park Forest, Illinois and a 17-year-old from Illinois.

State police say three cars were hit and two people were hospitalized in the shooting.

Troopers responding to the scene on around 5:30 p.m. Friday found a gray Kia with multiple bullet holes in the side and two people inside who had been shot. One of the victims was an 11-year-old from Illinois. A 23-year-old backseat passenger was also wounded.

Two other occupants of the Kia were not injured.

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As police investigated further, they found a Ford Focus and Subaru Outback that had also been hit by gunfire. Each vehicle had been shot once and neither of the drivers in the vehicles - the only occupants of each - were hit.

The shooting victims were taken to a Gary hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Investigators say the Kia was traveling west on the interstate when a dark-colored crossover-type vehicle pulled alongside and someone inside opened fire. The shooting continued as the vehicles traveled west in the left lane and on the shoulder.

Police believe the shooting was targeted and not a random act of road rage.

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