Shots fired into LP man’s car on west side

November 19, 2018

MICHIGAN CITY — Police have no one in custody after shots were fired into a vehicle outside a home in Michigan City on Thursday night.

Police responded to the 1300 block of Ohio Street about 10:15 p.m. after a 911 caller reported shots fired. A witness said a car drove down William Street and stopped, and then three gunshots were heard.

The witness did not get a good description of the vehicle or driver, but said the vehicle did not have its lights on and may have turned on Tennessee Street.

Police found a 2004 Pontiac Grand Am, with the left rear window shattered, parked on the north side of William Street, according to a police report. The witness said the car had been parked there since about 9 p.m.

Police also found a bullet hole in the left front door near the handle.

The owner of the vehicle, a 22-year-old La Porte man, said he and his girlfriend had arrived at her home and parked the car, police said. He said he did not have a problem with anyone in Michigan City and believed whoever shot at the car may have thought it belonged to someone else.

He told police he had purchased the vehicle several months earlier but had not yet changed the registration.

The man’s girlfriend, a 22-year-old Michigan City resident, said they had just arrived from dining at Applebee’s and she did not know of anyone who would want to shoot at the car.

Police said both the man and woman “seemed unconcerned” about the incident.

No shell casings were found on the street, but police said one bullet passed through the driver’s side door and stopped in the door jam before entering the vehicle.

The other bullet went through the driver’s side rear window and stopped in the door handle of the passenger side rear door.

Police said no one was injured and no suspects were in custody.

—From staff reports

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