Funeral arrangements set for Tracy Czaczkowski, who died after drive-by shooting on I-90/94

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ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Illinois — Funeral arrangements have been set for 44-year-old Tracy Czaczkowski, who died after she was shot in the neck on I-90/94 in Sauk County on Sunday, May 1st.

Tracy Czaczkowski

Tracy Czaczkowski

Czaczkowski, of Buffalo Grove, Illinois died on May 2nd at the hospital in Madison.

A visitation will be held on Friday, May 6th from 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Glueckert Funeral Home, located at 1520 N. Arlington Heights Road in Arlington Heights, Illinois.

A visitation will be held on Saturday, May 7th from 11:15 a.m. until the time of the funeral at noon — at St. Edna Catholic Church, located at 2525 N. Arlington Heights Road in Arlington Heights, Illinois.

Burial will follow the funeral.

According to a statement obtained by FOX6 News, Czaczkowski is survived by her husband, her son and daughter, her mother and father, and six siblings.

In lieu of flowers memorials given at www.gofundme.com/czaczkowskifamily will be provided to Czaczkowski’s husband to help the children in any way possible.

Zachary Hays

Zachary Hays

20-year-old Zachary Hays has been charged for the drive-by shooting on I-90/94.

Hays is facing the following charges:

  • First degree intentional homicide
  • First degree recklessly endangering safety (three counts)

Zachary Hays was taken into custody after he was shot by deputies on I-90/94 on Sunday afternoon. Two of his brothers, ages 30 and 34, were also arrested. Officials identified the 30-year-old brother as Jeremy Hays. The 34-year-old brother was not being identified due to a cognitive disability, officials said.

Officials have said Jeremy Hays is facing a tentative charge of felon in possession of a firearm. Charges have not been filed against him at this point.

The complaint filed out of Sauk County against Zachary Hays indicates officials spoke with Zachary Hays’ brother, Jeremy — who indicated he was a passenger in the Chevy Blazer on Sunday, and Zachary was driving.

Jeremy told investigators Zachary had smoked some marijuana on April 27th and had been “acting extremely paranoid” ever since.

Jeremy and Zachary Hays

Jeremy and Zachary Hays

Jeremy said he was concerned for his own safety — as Zachary was carrying a handgun and a long barreled .45 caliber revolver.

According to Jeremy’s statement to investigators, Zachary had made threats to kill Jeremy and the 34-year-old brother if they left him.

Jeremy said on Sunday afternoon, they stopped at a gas station near a Burger King restaurant in the Dells — and then got onto I-90/94 — headed eastbound.

Jeremy told investigators Zachary “began driving erratically and flipping people off.”

Zachary had the .45 caliber pistol in his lap, and was “pointing it at cars as they drove by,” Jeremy said.

FOX6 News spoke with a couple who said the drive-by shooting played out right in front of them.

“He tried to hit the SUV in front of us and then there was a black car in front of the SUV. Next thing I know, everyone is slamming on their brakes and the black car shot onto the median and a couple other cars shot onto the shoulder,” the couple said.

The couple said they had no idea someone had been shot. They followed the Blazer, but soon realized that wasn’t safe.

“We`re watching him aim the gun out the window and then several times, he turned around, looked right at us, and aimed the gun at us,” the couple said.

The couple says their two grandchildren, ages seven and 10, were riding in the back seat.

“We know the 10-year-old did see the gun at one point,” the wife said. “Immediately, the first thing he said was ‘don’t worry honey, it’s just a BB gun,’ and she just went back to listening to her music then.”

Report of person shot in traffic on Hwy 39 near DeForest

The couple kept their distance, and tried to warn passing drivers of the danger ahead. They say the suspect was taunting them.

“He kept trying to wave me up to come alongside of him,” the husband said. “I wouldn’t, and then he started getting madder and madder. He started flippin’ me off and he kept going back and forth in the two lanes.”

Jeremy Hays said his brother was “particularly paranoid about cars that had tinted windows.”

When they spotted the black sedan, Jeremy said Zachary was “freaking out about the tinted windows on the sedan.” The complaint indicates Jeremy said Zachary began slowing down to let the sedan catch up on the left side — and then Zachary shot at the black sedan three times.

One of those shots hit Tracy Czaczkowski in the neck. She was pronounced dead on May 2nd, and an autopsy was performed on May 4th — indicating Czaczkowski died as a result of the gunshot wound.

A statement from the DEA indicated Czaczkowski’s husband and two children were in the vehicle at the time of the shooting. They were headed home from the Dells.

Czaczkowski’s husband has worked for the DEA for 11 years.

After the shooting, the complaint indicates the vehicle containing the three brothers “accelerated to approximately 90 miles-per-hour eastbound on I-90/94. Their vehicle was stopped in Dane County by “spike strips.”

Zachary Hays, Jeremy Hays and the 34-year-old brother were taken into custody after Zachary Hays was shot by deputies.

Officials said Zachary Hays exited his vehicle after it was disabled by the spike strips — and advanced toward law enforcement officials while armed.

He was then shot by two Columbia County Sheriff’s deputies — with 9.5 and 4.5 years of service.

Those deputies have been placed on administrative leave, per policy.

Report of person shot in traffic on Hwy 39 near DeForest

Report of person shot in traffic on Hwy 39 near DeForest

The alleged crime-spree Sunday began around 7:00 a.m. — when West Allis police were dispatched to a four-unit apartment building near 92nd and Lincoln for a report of an individual forcibly entering at least two apartments.

Officers arrived on-scene, secured the area and during their search of the building, found a man with a gunshot wound. Officials with the West Allis Fire Department attempted treatment, but Gabriel Sanchez was pronounced dead at the scene.

Gabriel Sanchez

Gabriel Sanchez

Zachary Hays has not yet been charged out of Milwaukee County for the death of Sanchez.

Manhunt underway for homicide suspect after shooting at apartment building in West Allis

Manhunt underway for homicide suspect after shooting at apartment building in West Allis

3 comments

  • Paybacks are Hell

    These families will never get the justice they deserve from a LA LA land court system like Wisconsin has. There can be only one form of justice for this animal.

    • Z

      Are you being a troll are you just that stupid?

      Weed doesn’t cause mental illness.

      Stop living in the 1950’s moron.

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