GUNMEN TAKE TO INTERSTATES: Three incidents in three days of gunfire aimed at family, truck and bus
There are consquences for everyone when leftist prosecutors such as Marilyn Mosby in Baltimore and Aisha Braveboy in PG County fail to jail gun felons; interstate shootings surge in Virginia and Indiana
FORESTVILLE, MD — The random gunfire that has been wounding and sometimes killing children and adults in Baltimore, Washington, Prince Georges County, and even the looming ghettos in Waldorf, Lexington Park, and Salisbury has now hit the highways. In recent days the Maryland State Police report incidents of gunmen firing into a family car, a Greyhound bus, and a tractor-trailer in events separated by time, and distance but united in potential lethality.
Black male sought in road rage on Beltway in PG County
Maryland State Police are searching for the person who fired shots into a family’s vehicle in Prince George’s County July 11, 2021, during an apparent road rage incident.
The suspect is described as a black male driving a silver Honda Civic with Maryland temporary registration. An African American female was a front seat passenger in that vehicle.
He reported the driver of the Honda Civic made an unsafe lane change, causing him to brake suddenly. The victim said he changed lanes and was adjacent with the Honda when the driver displayed a handgun and fired three shots into the victim’s Mazda 6.
The victim told Maryland state troopers from the Forestville Barrack that shortly before 3:00 p.m. today, he was traveling on the ramp from southbound I-495 to southbound Branch Avenue. He reported the driver of the Honda Civic made an unsafe lane change, causing him to brake suddenly. The victim said he changed lanes and was adjacent with the Honda when the driver displayed a handgun and fired three shots into the victim’s Mazda 6.
Troopers examining the victim’s vehicle found evidence indicating two of the shots struck the left rear passenger door and another struck the left rear passenger window. The victim was traveling with his wife in the front seat and his two daughters, aged 15 and 8, who were in the rear passenger seats.
No one in the victim’s vehicle was struck by the gunfire. No one requested medical treatment.
A lookout for the suspect’s vehicle has been issued to police in the region. Anyone with information about the suspect vehicle or the suspect is urged to contact Maryland State Police at the Forestville Barrack at 301-568-8101. Callers may remain anonymous.
Shots Fired At Tractor-Trailer On The Capital Beltway In Prince George’s County
UPPER MARLBORO, MD – Maryland State Police are actively investigating an incident that occurred early in the morning on July 11, 2021, involving shots fired at a tractor-trailer on the Capital Beltway in Prince George’s County.
Shortly before 1:00 a.m., troopers from the Forestville Barrack were dispatched to northbound Interstate 495, north of Ritchie Marlboro Road for the report of shots fired at a tractor-trailer. Responding troopers observed three bullet holes in the tractor portion of the vehicle. The driver of the tractor-trailer was uninjured.
The driver of the tractor-trailer told police on the scene the incident occurred one mile prior to where he pulled over on I-495. He described the suspected vehicle as a silver or gray Hyundai, Honda, or Kia passenger car.
Maryland State Police investigators from the Criminal Enforcement Division responded to the scene. Crime scene technicians from the Forensic Sciences Division also responded to sweep the area for evidence. One shell casing was located in the area of D’Arcy Road and bullet fragments were removed from the tractor.
A passenger said window on Greyhound bus was the target of suspect with BB gun
WHITE MARSH, MD – Maryland State Police are investigating a possible malicious destruction of property that may have occurred after a bus window was found to be broken.
State police were called around 4:40 p.m. July 9, 2021, after a bus driver discovered a broken window on his bus after he pulled into the Greyhound bus depot in Baltimore City. The bus driver told police that a passenger onboard informed him that someone with a bb gunshot at the bus while in the area of White Marsh.
Troopers on the scene did not see any evidence of bullet holes. No one was injured during the incident.
Investigating troopers are asking for anyone who may have witnessed the incident to call the police at the JFK Memorial Highway Barrack 410-537-1150. The incident would have occurred around 2:30 p.m. on southbound I-95 in the White Marsh area.
Newport News, VA – On July 7, 2021, the Virginia State Police was called to investigate an interstate shooting that occurred as a result of a road rage incident.
At approximately 11:32 a.m., the Division V Communications Center received a call from a male victim stating that he had been involved in a road rage incident and that a male in a black sedan was following his vehicle and shot at him and his male passenger. The initial road rage incident and shooting occurred in the northbound lanes of Interstate 664, between the Monitor Merrimac Bridge-Tunnel (MMBT) and Chestnut Avenue.
Black Male with Dreadlocks shot at Victim on I-664
The male victim was traveling in a black Nissan Sentera being followed by a male suspect having dreadlocks, driving a black sedan with tinted windows. The victim continued northbound on Interstate 664, taking the Interstate 64 eastbound exit and continued to the Settlers Landing exit ramp in the city of Hampton. The suspect vehicle followed the victim and exited at Settlers Landing in an unknown direction. The male driver and male passenger were uninjured. The vehicle was found to have a single gunshot to the rear bumper.
The Virginia State Police is reaching out to the community for any witnesses driving in the area of Interstate 664, in the vicinity of the MMBT and Interstate 64 prior to, or after the incident, who may have possible information. Anyone with information about this shooting and/or witnessed suspicious behavior are encouraged to contact the Virginia State Police at #(757)424-6800 or at email@example.com.
Rolling gunfire from suspect with dreadlocks on I-64
NORFOLK – Currently the Virginia State Police is investigating an interstate shooting that occurred on June 14, 2021, at approximately 11:10 p.m..
The shooting occurred in the vicinity of Interstate 64 westbound, east of 15th View. Preliminary investigation reveals that a 34-year-old female driver, and her 39-year-old male passenger, were traveling westbound on I-64 in a 2013 Chevrolet four-door when a black Nissan, possibly a Maxima or Altima (4 doors), displaying an unknown Virginia registration, passed the victims and fired a number of rounds at the vehicle. The Nissan (suspect’s vehicle) had two occupants, a female driver, and a light-skinned male passenger with dreadlocks.
The female and male victims were not injured in the incident. The investigation is ongoing at this time.
The Virginia State Police is reaching out to the community for any witnesses driving in the area of Interstate 64, in the vicinity of 15th View prior to, or after the incident, who may have possible information. Anyone with information about this shooting and/or witnessed suspicious behavior are encouraged to contact the Virginia State Police at #(757)424-6800 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
UPDATE TO THE VEHICLE SHOOTING ON INTERSTATE 664
Hampton – On May 11, 2021, at approximately 12:13 p.m., a Virginia State Trooper was traveling
northbound Interstate 664, when he was flagged down by individuals on the exit ramp to Powerplant Parkway. Upon pulling over, the trooper observed a Chevrolet Equinox that had multiple gunshots throughout. The male driver and male passenger both suffered from gunshot wounds. Hampton EMS was called to the scene and both victims were transported to Riverside Hospital with serious, but non-life-threatening injuries.
Interstate 664 was immediately shut down to preserve the crime scene. Preliminary investigations reveal that the shooting occurred in the northbound lanes of I-664 between Aberdeen Road and Powerplant Parkway.
The Virginia State Police is reaching out to the community for any witnesses driving in the area of Interstate 664, northbound, in the vicinity of Aberdeen Road and Powerplant Parkway, prior to, or after the incident, who may have possible information. Anyone with information about this shooting and/or witnessed suspicious behavior are encouraged to contact the Virginia State Police at #(757)424-6800 or at email@example.com.
Virginia State Police Makes Arrest in Connection with I – 95 Shooting
Chesterfield County – A Woodbridge, Va. man is behind bars on charges related to the March 11, 2021 shooting on Interstate 95 in Chesterfield County. Tavon A. Gray, 22, of Woodbridge, is being held without bond at the Chesterfield County Jail. Gray was arrested on May 11, 2021, on charges of shooting from a vehicle, shooting at an occupied vehicle, reckless handling of a firearm, and attempted malicious wounding.
At approximately 8:10 p.m. on March 11, 2021, Virginia State Police responded to Interstate 95 at the 60-mile marker to investigate a report of a shooting. The driver of a 2014 Chevrolet pickup truck reported he was traveling south on I-95 south of Route 10 when his vehicle was fired at by another motorist.
The driver of the Chevrolet was able to safely pull over to the right shoulder. None of the three occupants of the Chevrolet were injured.
Motorist shot in head by gunman on I-264
NORFOLK, VA; The Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a possible suspect vehicle and/or driver involved in an interstate shooting.
The incident occurred yesterday evening April 12, 2021, at approximately 11:56 p.m., in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 264 in the vicinity of Military Highway. An independent witness contacted the 911 Communication Center of a shooting that had occurred on the interstate. The witness stated that a blue Nissan sedan and a white Dodge utility truck were traveling at a high rate of speed. Once the vehicles passed the witness, they began traveling side by side and a single gunshot was fired from the Nissan. When troopers arrived at the scene, they found a 2019 Dodge Ram had run off the roadway and stopped on the left shoulder of the Interstate. The 63-year-old male driver suffered a gunshot wound and was transported to Norfolk Sentara Hospital with life-threatening injuries.
The Virginia State Police is reaching out to the community for any witnesses driving in the area of Interstate 264, eastbound, in the vicinity of Military Highway or prior to, or after the incident, who may have possible information.
Two arrested, one man sought in I-65 shooting
Indianapolis, IN – The Indiana State Police have arrested two people who are alleged to have been involved in a shooting on I-65 near Meridian on July 11, 2021. There were no injuries as a result of the shooting, however, a subsequent investigation by Indiana State Police Detectives has led to the arrests. Detectives are currently looking for a third person to question about the incident.
Sunday, July 11th at approximately 3:12 p.m. the Indiana State Police was notified of a single-vehicle crash on I-65 northbound near Meridian Street, in addition to the calls for the crash, reports were being made of a possible person shot inside the vehicle. When troopers arrived they found a white Kia with heavy front end damage and what appeared to be bullet holes in the driver’s side of the vehicle. Further investigation determined there were no injuries. There were no other vehicles involved in the crash. Detectives believe a second vehicle, occupied by three people pulled alongside the Kia after the crash and fired multiple shots.
Arrested: 18-year-old Chase Turner of Indianapolis
- Conspiracy to Commit Murder ( Level 2 Felony)
- Criminal Recklessness (Level 6 Felony)
Arrested: 19 year old Chordae Spearman of Indianapolis
- Attempted Murder (Level 1 Felony)
- Conspiracy to Commit Murder (Level 2 Felony)
- Criminal Recklessness (Level 5 Felony)
Wanted by Indiana State Police for I-65 shooting
The preliminary charges listed are merely accusations and probable cause for arrest, all suspects are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in court. Detectives from the Indiana State Police will continue to work with the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office on this investigation. The Indiana State Police was assisted by the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.
Update** Suspect in Custody from I-80/94 Shooting Investigation
As of July 13, 2021,, Jalen Robinson is in custody at the Lake County Jail. This is a result of an extensive investigating by the Indiana State Police Criminal Investigations Division and Troopers from the Lowell Post. This continues to be an ongoing investigation. Original news releases are below.
*All suspects are presumed innocent until/unless proven guilty in court.
Warrants Issued as a Result of Intensive Investigation
LAKE COUNTY- After an intensive two-week investigation, detectives with the Indiana State Police Criminal Investigations Division and troopers from the Lowell Post presented charges to the Lake County Prosecutor’s Office in response to an interstate shooting that occurred on May 20th, 2021 (See below news release). As a result of that investigation, arrest warrants have been issued for two individuals who have each been charged with 17 felonies, including 5 counts of Attempted Murder which is a Level 1 Felony. The warrants issued today by a Lake County Superior Court Judge are for the arrests of Jalen Tyrone Robinson, 22, of Hammond, IN and Lajahnis Ziyar Rosemond, 16, from Gary, IN. Both subjects are considered to be armed and extremely dangerous. The Indiana State Police is asking for the public’s assistance in locating these two individuals. If you have any information as to the whereabouts of either Jalen Robinson or Lajahnis Rosemond, please contact the Indiana State Police at 219-696-6242.
Warrant charges are as follows:
- Attempted Murder (5 counts)- Level 1 Felony
- Aggravated Battery – Level 3 Felony
- Attempted Battery by Means of a Deadly Weapon (5 Counts)- Level 5 Felony
- Battery Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury- Level 5 Felony
- Criminal Recklessness (5 counts)- Level 6 Felony
- All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in court.
One Injured From Interstate Shooting on I-80/94
Lake County- Last night at approximately 8:30 p.m., the Indiana State Police Lowell Post was contacted by Methodist Hospital Northlake Campus, that they had received a walk-in gunshot victim. Troopers, as well as detectives with the Lowell Criminal Investigations Division, responded to the hospital and were able to speak to the individuals involved. Preliminary investigation shows that during the early evening hours, an altercation between several individuals took place somewhere in Portage. As one group left the area and was driving westbound on I-80/94, a red passenger car opened fire with a handgun at the victim’s vehicle. An 18-year-old seated in the rear of the vehicle sustained a serious injury as a result of the gunfire. That victim was treated at the hospital and their current condition is not known.
INDIANA STATE POLICE REPORT SURGE IN INTERSTATE SHOOTINGS
Indianapolis, IN – The Indiana State Police would like to urge motorists to be patient and courteous while traveling through the holiday weekend. Troopers in the Indianapolis District have had an increase of interstate shooting investigations in 2021. So far this year Troopers have investigated 30 incidents that involve gunfire on Indianapolis area interstates. The majority of these investigations determined road rage initiated the incident that led to gunfire. Troopers are asking for the public’s help to immediately report any instance of road rage by calling 911. Callers should attempt to gather as much identifying information about the vehicles involved, even if a license plate number can not be obtained.
Drivers are strongly discouraged from engaging in any type of road rage, if you find yourself a target of a road rage incident the following tips could help keep you safe.
- Remain calm, agitation or counter aggressive maneuvers can escalate the situation
- Drive away from the aggressor by using a turn signal to change lanes, allowing the aggressor to pass, exit the highway, stop in a well-lit populated area
- If stopped in traffic or in an area where you must stop due to a stop sign or stop light ensure all of your car doors are locked and leave yourself a path of escape
- Immediately report the incident to police by calling 911 (Indiana Hands Free Law allows you to use a cell phone while driving to report an emergency to 911)
Last week, Troopers arrested 30-year-old Martez Jolly of Kansas City Missouri for criminal recklessness on I-70 eastbound near Post Road. Jolly, with juveniles present in his vehicle, allegedly fired at least one shot at another vehicle on I-70 which struck the dashboard of the victim’s car. He was located a short time later on I-70 in Hancock County and taken into custody. There were no reported injuries as a result of this incident and this investigation is ongoing.
Of the interstate shootings this year, one was a homicide. April 2nd Troopers arrested 28-year-old Antonio King on the charge of Murder for his alleged role in a March 31, 2021 shooting on I-65 near Lafayette Road.
In 2018 the Indiana state police investigated nine interstate shootings in the Indianapolis area, and nine again in 2019. Indiana State Police Crime Analyst and Detectives believe most of the 2018/2019 shootings were targeted among known parties to one another. In 2020 Troopers investigated 23 intestate shootings in the Indianapolis area, of which the majority are believed to have started as road rage incidents, which is a trend that continues to increase in 2021.
A crime analyst assigned full-time to Indiana State Police Indianapolis District Investigations provides real-time data to investigators, commanders, and troopers in the field. This data is used as a proactive measure to target specific areas with increased patrols. Recklessly discharging a firearm is not only extremely dangerous, but it is also illegal. The Indiana State Police diligently investigates each of these incidents with urgency and continues to work with county prosecutors to ensure criminal charges are filed when warranted.
The Indiana State Police would like to remind drivers to stay vigilant while driving, avoid confrontation with aggressive drivers, and immediately report road rage to 911.