Suburban mother returning from Wisconsin Dells wounded in shooting on highway

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DEFOREST, Wis.  -- A woman from the Chicago suburbs was critically wounded in a shooting on a Wisconsin highway Sunday afternoon as her family returned from a trip to Wisconsin Dells.

44-year-old Tracy Czaczkowski is on life support in Madison, Wisconsin.

Police responded to a 911 call of a drive-by shooting on Interstate 90-94 near mile marker 95 around 3 p.m. near Deforest, Wisconsin.

Police say Czaczkowski's 43-year-old husband was driving her and their two children eastbound on I90/94 back to their Buffalo Grove home from the Wisconsin Dells area.

Tracy Czaczkowski

Tracy Czaczkowski

Their vehicle was passing a Chevrolet Blazer when the driver of the Blazer rolled down his window and fired three rounds into the vehicle, according to a statement from police.

The first round struck the passenger side door.  The second entered the front passenger window and struck the woman in the neck.

As the driver was slowing down to pull over, a third round was fired into the hood of his vehicle.  He then pulled over and rendered aid to his wife until EMS units arrived on scene, police say.  She was then taken to the hospital.  Her exact condition is unknown at this time.

Her husband, who is in law enforcement, and children were not injured.

The Blazer continued eastbound on I90/94 with a witness following it.  It was intercepted by police using road spikes. The driver of that vehicle, a 20-year-old man from West Allis, Wisconsin, exited the vehicle and approached police armed with a hand gun.

“Despite verbal commands to stop, the suspect continued to advance toward law enforcement and two Columbia County deputies shot the suspect,” officials said in a statement.

The suspect was taken to the hospital and his injuries are believed to be non-life-threatening.  Two other passengers in the vehicle are in custody.

Authorities say the I-94 shooting was the second of two shootings on Sunday. Earlier, around 7 a.m. in West Allis, Wisconsin the 20-year-old suspect allegedly shot and killed a 42-year-old man in his apartment building.

Charges against the shooter could be filed Tuesday.

Police have not indicated a motive in the shootings.

The investigation remains ongoing.  Anyone with any information is asked to contact Wisconsin authorities at 608-284-6900.


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