Hobart Police on SL Mall Incident: Man in Truck Shot Driver in the Face and Fled

“Witnesses told police that they observed a late black late 90’s model Ford F-150 extended cab pick-up truck at the time of the shooting” Lt. James Gonzales of the Hobart Police Department

September 12, 2017-Hobart Police have confirmed a shooting incident in the parking lot of Southlake Mall yesterday. According to Lt. James Gonzales of the Hobart Police Department, “On September 11, 2017 @ approximately 11:43 AM @ 1700 Southlake Mall, Firestone, Hobart Officers responded to a subject who had been shot.” Lt. Gonzales says that the individual told officers he was shot in the cheek when they arrived. “He was conscious and able to still communicate, he stated that as he was stopped at the stop sign facing west near the Olive Garden restaurant, a black colored pick truck turned into the mall parking lot from Route 30 and proceeded through the
intersection and drove eastbound. He stated as the truck drove east, he was still stopped at the stop sign facing west. He state the driver of the truck shot at him one time. The bullet passed through the driver’s side window and struck him on the left side of his cheek.” the victim was taken to a local hospital for treatment and then airlifted to a truama center in Chicago according to Lt. Gonzales. Neither the identity nor the current condition of the victim was released.

Police are asking the public for assistance in locating a truck that may have been involved in the incident. According to Lt. Gonzales, “Witnesses told police that they observed a late black late 90’s model Ford F-150 extended cab pick-up truck at the time of the shooting, they described the truck as having rust along the bottom side of the truck with a “4X4″ logo on the rear quarter panels.” The victim described the shooter as a black male. Police conducted an extensive search of the area immediately after the shooting. According to information derived from the scanner, several departments assisted including the Sheriff’s helicopter. K-9 officers were used and the search extended beyoned down US 30 to the hotels on the west side of Interstate 65. Officers now will review area security footage to determine if they can locate any images of the suspect truck according to Lt. Gonzales.

Anyone who may have additional information regarding this incident may contact Detective Scott Shaginaw @ 219-942-4654 or at his e-mail @ shaginaw@cityofhobart.org. Lt. Gonzales stated “the safety of the person(s) providing information for this incident is paramount, therefore you will remain anonymous.”

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