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Pickup truck carrying US and Make America Great Again flags is shot at on Indiana highway

  • Blue 2001 Dodge pickup truck was driving along I-465 in Indiana on Tuesday
  • Police say gunshots were fired from a white Chevy Malibu driving nearby
  • Driver of the Malibu is described as a ‘black man in his twenties’
  • Police are not ruling out ‘road rage’ as possible motive

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A pickup truck driving with a ‘Make America Great Again’ flag and an American flag on an Indiana highway came under gunfire on Tuesday, according to Indiana police.

The incident took place on the eastbound Interstate 465 at around 4pm on Tuesday, according to WISH-TV[2].

A blue 2001 Dodge pickup truck was driving along the highway when police say it was hit by a bullet.

Authorities believe the shot was fired from a white Chevrolet Malibu with Louisiana license plates.

There were no injuries.

‘Make America Great Again’ was the campaign slogan introduced by President Donald Trump during his successful run for the White House.

The driver of the Malibu has been described as a black man in his early-to-mid 20s.

A pickup truck driving with a 'Make America Great Again' flag and an American flag on an Indiana highway came under gunfire on Tuesday, according to Indiana police. The bullet hole with the shell casing inside is seen in the above photo handed out by Indiana State Police

A pickup truck driving with a ‘Make America Great Again’ flag and an American flag on an Indiana highway came under gunfire on Tuesday, according to Indiana police.

The bullet hole with the shell casing inside is seen in the above photo handed out by Indiana State Police

A blue 2001 Dodge pickup truck was driving along the highway when police say it was hit by a bullet. Authorities believe the shot was fired from a white Chevrolet Malibu (like the one seen in the above stock image) with Louisiana license plates

A blue 2001 Dodge pickup truck was driving along the highway when police say it was hit by a bullet.

Authorities believe the shot was fired from a white Chevrolet Malibu (like the one seen in the above stock image) with Louisiana license plates

He was driving alongside a passenger described as a light-skinned black man with a ‘sleeve’ tattoo on his right arm.

Indiana police say it’s possible shots were fired by both the driver and the passenger.

Authorities are examining whether this was a case of road rage.

‘At this point it seems to be an isolated incident,’ Indiana State Police Sgt. John Perrine told the Indianapolis Star[3].

‘We’re not even sure that it’s connected to the flags, or if it was just a case of road rage.’

Politically motivated violence has generated headlines in recent days, particularly after a gunman shot and wounded a number of Republican members of Congress who were playing baseball at a field in Virginia on Wednesday morning.

'Make America Great Again' was the campaign slogan introduced by President Donald Trump during his successful run for the White House. Trump supporters are seen above holding a flag in New York in November 2016

‘Make America Great Again’ was the campaign slogan introduced by President Donald Trump during his successful run for the White House.

Trump supporters are seen above holding a flag in New York in November 2016

Representative Steve Scalise, 51, a Louisiana Republican who is the No.

3 House Republican, remained in critical condition at a DC-area hospital after undergoing a third surgery on Thursday.

He was hit in the left hip, suffering injuries to internal organs, broken bones and severe bleeding, in Wednesday’s shooting.

In addition to Scalise, a police officer, a congressional aide and a lobbyist were shot.

The alleged gunman, James Hodgkinson, 66, of Belleville, Illinois, was killed by police responding to the gunfire.

Hodgkinson was angry over Trump’s election, according to The New York Times[4].

His social media account shows he was an avowed supporter of Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.

References

  1. ^ e-mail (www.dailymail.co.uk)
  2. ^ WISH-TV (wishtv.com)
  3. ^ Indianapolis Star (www.indystar.com)
  4. ^ The New York Times (www.nytimes.com)



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