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Report: Shots Fired At 'Make America Great Again' Truck (Photo)

| by Lauren Briggs
A Trump campaign "Make America Great Again" flagA Trump campaign "Make America Great Again" flag

After somebody fired multiple shots at a pickup truck with a "Make America Great Again" flag on it, Indiana State Police are investigating to determine whether or not the attack was politically motivated.

Police said that the incident took place on June 13 in the afternoon, according to WISH. A blue Dodge pickup truck was on the interstate in Indianapolis, Indiana, when the passenger of a white Chevrolet Malibu with Louisiana license plates reportedly held a handgun out the window and fired a number of rounds at the pickup.

The driver was not harmed, though the vehicle sustained some damage.

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Witnesses said that the Malibu's driver was a black man in his early 20s, and the passenger was a light-skinned black man with a sleeve tattoo on his right arm.

Police are still gathering more information, searching for the suspects and looking for additional witnesses. Due to the two flags on the car -- one displaying the American flag and the other with President Donald Trump's campaign slogan on it -- police are working to determine a motive for the shooting.

"At this point it seems to be an isolated incident," said ISP Sgt. John Perrine, according to Indy Star. "We're not even sure that it's connected to the flags, or if it was just a case of road rage."

Millions of Americans have reportedly been involved in road rage-related incidents.

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News of the shooting comes soon after a June 14 incident in which a gunman opened fire and shot four people, including GOP House Whip Steve Scalise, while Republican members of Congress practiced for the annual Democrats vs Republicans baseball game, notes CNN. According to Fox News, the gunman reportedly had a list of the names of Republican lawmakers that the FBI found on his body, indicating that the attack may have been a premeditated attempt on their lives.

Scalise remains in critical but stable condition after sustaining a hip wound.

As political tensions remain high across the country, parties have called for unity from both sides of the aisle.

"This hatefulness that we see in this country today over policy differences has got to stop," said Republican Rep. Rodney Davis of Illinois, who was at the practice, according to CNN. " ... Republicans and Democrats need to use this day today to stand together and say: 'Stop.' Let's work together. Let's get things done. We can have our differences, but let's not let it lead to such hate."

Sources: WISH, Indy Star, Fox News, CNN (2, 3) / Photo credit: Steve Baker/Flickr, Indiana State Police via WISH

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