INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — A woman was shot in an apparent road rage incident on the near southeast side of Indianapolis, and police are searching for the gunman.
Dispatchers sent police to the gas station at Raymond St. and S. Keystone Ave. on reports of a person shot around 9:30 p.m. Sunday.
Police think the shooting started with the suspect and victim both driving north on Keystone.
The victim pulled into the parking lot of a Marathon gas station at the corner of Keystone and Raymond and told police she had been shot while riding in a Chevy Trailblazer.
“Witnesses believe it was a silver Nissan that was chasing this Trailblazer. The Nissan pulled up next to the Trailblazer and fired some shots and one of the passengers got injured,” said IMPD Sgt. Jim Gillespie.
Police say the driver of the Nissan sped away while the victim went to the hospital. She is expected to be okay.
The incident is the second road rage shooting in Indianapolis over the last two weekends.
Just eight days earlier, at a northwest side apartment complex, a case of road rage turned deadly.
Court records show Dustin Passarelli told investigators he felt another driver was bring too aggressive on I-465. After an argument in which racial slurs were allegedly exchanged, prosecutors say Passarelli shot and killed Mustafa Ayoubi.
That death and the shooting on Keystone were both completely avoidable, according to officials.
“It’s really incumbent on all of us to keep ourselves in check and to make sure we don’t allow things to aggravate us to the point where we chase a vehicle or give a hand gesture that might set someone else off,” said Gillespie.
Police say staying calm behind the wheel and refusing to engage with angry and aggressive drivers can keep road rage from escalating to physical violence.
“In the end you don’t know how someone else will end the conflict, whether it’ll just be a verbal confrontation or with gunfire. It’s not worth your life. It’s not worth the risk,” said Gillespie.
Detectives are asking for the public’s help in identifying the shooter and silver Nissan with a possible covered bridge plate, that has a plate number beginning with letters. Detectives are also looking to identify a potential witness who was driving a gray Dodge Charger with police supporter plates.
If you have any info, call the Aggravated Assault Office at 317-327-3366 or Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana at 317-262-8477 (TIPS).