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Ind. Road Rage Victims Recount Terrifying Ordeal

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Robert Lyons and Brenda Driver were victims of a road-rage gunman early this year in Northwest Indiana. (CBS)

Robert Lyons and Brenda Driver were victims of a road-rage gunman early this year in Northwest Indiana. (CBS)

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CHICAGO (CBS) — It was terrifying.  The kind of attack a Northwest Indiana couple says you only see in violent video games.

They say they were targeted back in February when a man driving behind them opened fire. They’ve been silent for weeks, but told their story only to CBS 2’s Pamela Jones.

Robert Lyons remembers hearing the gunfire while he was driving.

“Just fireworks — I mean just pop, pop,” Lyons said.”And then when it started hitting the car you could hear it pinging against the metal.”

It was the sound of bullets punching through the car he was driving down an Indiana highway that night near Lake Station.  His fiancée, Brenda Driver, and infant son were in the back seat.

“He was screaming,” Lyons said.

“The only thing I could say was ‘My baby’ — very terrifying,” Driver said.

They were headed west in the left passing lane when a driver rolled up from behind and started harassing them.

“All of a sudden, we get to the part where it changes from 70 to 55 and a car flies up and flashes its brights. He flashed the brights again,” Lyons said.

The man opened fire, hitting the car seven times, shattering windows and almost hitting their 3-month-old.

“I heard the gunfire and I instantly slouched down like this and leaned over to shield my son. I stayed like that until we were completely stopped,” Driver said.

She felt intense pain in her side and looked down to see that she was bleeding. Glass aimed at her baby hit her instead.

“It was a miracle,” Driver said.

Police arrested the suspect, Aaron DiShon Windom, days later. They say he had carjacked the vehicle he used to commit the crimes earlier that day.

Police also say he opened fire while police were chasing him just before his arrest.

“I wanted revenge,” Lyons said. “But police have him and he’ll get what he deserves.”

Windom faces a laundry list of charges in several cases of violence separate from the road-rage incident. Those charges include murder and attempted murder for a case in Gary, Ind. days after the highway attack.

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