Illinois woman wounded in Wisconsin interstate shooting pronounced brain dead

UPDATE:  Officials say an Illinois woman shot in a drive-by shooting on a Wisconsin interstate has been declared brain dead and is only being kept on life support to preserve her organs for donation.

Sauk County Coroner Greg Hahn says Tracy Czaczkowski was pronounced brain dead early Monday morning. Hahn said Tuesday her condition is not reversible and that she is dead.

Hahn said it usually takes a couple days to line up organ donations.

Czaczkowski was shot while driving with her family Sunday back to their home in Illinois after a weekend in Wisconsin Dells. Police say the shooting was random. Investigators believe the suspect, Zachary Hays, also shot and killed a man hours earlier in a Milwaukee suburb.


Federal authorities say an Illinois woman has died after being shot during an apparently random drive-by shooting along a Wisconsin interstate while she was traveling with her husband and children.

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency released a statement Tuesday saying 44-year-old Tracy Czaczkowski has died, two days after she was shot. Her husband works for the agency.

Authorities say the family was returning to Illinois on Sunday after spending the weekend in Wisconsin when they passed a Chevrolet Blazer whose driver opened fire on their BMW sedan, hitting Czaczkowski in the neck. Police stopped the Blazer with a spike strip and shot the driver after he emerged with a gun.

The suspect’s condition is unknown. Investigators believe he’d killed 42-year-old Gabriel Sanchez in suburban Milwaukee hours before the interstate shooting.

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