U.S. Press Freedom Tracker

Toledo news van shot at, no injuries but damage to news vehicle

Incident Details

Date of Incident
July 13, 2019
Toledo, Ohio


Was the journalist targeted?
July 13, 2019

While returning from a news event, a WTVG 13abc news crew van was shot at on July 13, 2019 in Toledo, Ohio.

13abc reported that the member of the news crew was heading back to the station at around 8:30 p.m. following an event at the Toledo Museum of Art when multiple shots were fired at the station’s vehicle.

Investigative reporter Shaun Hegarty posted a photo of the damage to the vehicle to Twitter following the incident. Hegarty later told the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker that there were two members of the WTVG 13abc news crew in the van.

The Toledo Blade, 13abc’s media partner, reported that police at the scene collected multiple shell cases. No members of the 13abc team were injured.

Hegarty later posted to Twitter that the police believe they’ve identified the silver Ford Mustang involved in the shooting.

The Toledo police department was not immediately available for comment. The department’s investigation is ongoing.

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