INDIANAPOLIS — A Carthage man, who was a passenger in a vehicle traveling on I-70, is deceased after being shot by a person in box truck Monday evening, officials from the Indiana State Police said in a press release.
The victim has been identified as Eli Hickerson, 30, Carthage, officials said.
Troopers from the Indianapolis District were called to the scene of the shooting which occurred on I-70 eastbound near Post Road. According to police, 911 dispatcher received information the victim was being driven from the scene of the shooting to a medical facility near I-70 and Mt. Comfort Road in Hancock County.
Upon arrival, medical personnel from the facility came outside and attempted life saving measures on the victim. Unfortunately the male was pronounced deceased a short time after arrival. Troopers responded to both locations, I-70 eastbound at Post Road and the medical facility to conduct an investigation. The victim was identified as 30 year old Eli Hickerson of Carthage Indiana.
Preliminary investigation by state police detectives has determined the victim was a passenger in a red Ford Focus that was traveling eastbound on I-70 near Post Road. Shots were allegedly fired by the driver of a white box truck at the Ford Focus, striking Hickerson at least one time. It is believed this began as a road rage incident.
Detectives worked throughout the night following several leads. Tuesday, July 19 detectives arrested 22-year-old Dion Kimbrough of Indianapolis, and served several subsequent search warrants related to this crime. At the time of the arrest Kimbrough was wearing a GPS monitoring device on his ankle. Prior to being booked into the Marion County Jail, a felony arrest warrant was discovered for an unrelated crime. He is being held in the Marion County Jail on the probable cause of Murder and Possession of a Handgun by a Serious Violent Felon.
Indiana State Police Indianapolis District Commander, Lieutenant Josh Watson, said. “This arrest is a result of an extraordinary effort by our detectives, troopers and other assisting police agencies who have worked tirelessly through the night. They diligently investigated the crime scene, gathered intelligence information and followed each lead meticulously, resulting in the arrest of the person we believe is responsible for this senseless act.”
This case is the 37th interstate shooting that troopers and detectives from the Indianapolis District have investigated so far in 2022. 65 interstate shootings were investigated by ISP in the Indianapolis area in 2021.