East Chicago man arrested in Lake County New Year’s Day shooting

LAKE COUNTY, Indiana — A Lake County man has been arrested on felony charges, including attempted murder, for his role in an interstate shooting on New Year’s Eve in northwestern Indiana.

Indiana State Police officers were alerted to the incident after being called to Munster Community Hospital around 6:45 p.m. on December 31 after being told of a walk-in person.

While speaking with the victim, an adult male, officers determined that the shooting occurred on Interstate 80/I-94 near Burr Street.

An ISP investigation into the shooting found the victim was at a gas station on Burr Street when confronted by another person. After a brief confrontation, the victim began driving west on I-80/94 when he saw a black vehicle following him. The vehicle was being driven by the person facing him.

The suspect told police that as he tried to avoid the black vehicle, the person pulled up next to him. At that point, a male in the suspect’s car shot at the victim, hitting him in the upper body.

Further investigation led ISP to a suspect who had been seen at the gas station with a woman getting into a black Ford passenger car. Investigators also determined that the woman with the suspect had been in a previous relationship with the shooting victim.

The victim, ISP said, was able to identify both people who were seen boarding the black Ford. He identified the male suspect as Alantae Antwan Thornton, a 30-year-old from East Chicago, Indiana.

ISP soldiers applied for an arrest warrant for Thornton and located him on Friday. Thornton, ISP said, was taken into custody at the Lake County Courthouse without incident.

Thornton, police said, is now being held in the Lake County Jail on the following charges:

  • Attempted Murder (2 points) – Level 1 crime
  • Batter with a deadly weapon (2 counts) – Level 5 crime
  • Battery leading to grievous bodily harm – Level 5 felony
  • Criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon (2 points) – Level 6 crime

ISP Detective Sgt. Mike Bailey commended the county investigators and prosecutors assigned to the case.

“I would like to commend all of the Lake County police officers, detectives, CSI and the Attorney’s Office for the thorough investigation and subsequent arrest of this dangerous individual and I look forward to justice for the victim in this case,” Bailey said.