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They Had A Confrontation At A Gas Station. Then One Got Shot During A Highway Chase.

Alantae Thornton
Source: Lake County; MEGA

Alantae Thornton.

Jan. 10 2023, Published 12:00 p.m. ET

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A Chicago man was arrested last week in connection to a shooting that took place on the highway after an altercation at a gas station.

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According to Indiana State Police, Alantae Antwan Thornton, 30, was arrested Jan. 6 without incident. The arrest is in connection with an incident that took place on New Year's Eve, when police were notified of a walk-in gunshot victim at Munster Community Hospital.

Police say a preliminary investigation showed that the victim drove to the hospital after being shot on Interstate-94 near Burr Street in Gary, Indiana.

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Police found that the victim had stopped at a gas station on Burr Street when he was confronted by another person. After speaking briefly, the victim got into his vehicle and drove west on I-94. Then, he saw a black vehicle following him that was driven by the person he'd spoken to at the gas station.

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According to police, the victim tried to elude the other vehicle unsuccessfully. The suspect then drove up along side the victim and shot him in the upper torso.

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Police later found that the suspect had been seen at the gas station with a woman. They later learned that the woman was previously in a relationship with the shooting victim, who identified both the suspect and the woman who were at the gas station, according to WGN 9.

Thornton is charged with two counts of attempted murder, two counts of battery by means of a deadly weapon, one count of battery resulting in serious bodily injury and two count of criminal recklessness committed with a deadly weapon.

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