Gary records 22nd homicide of 2012
by Lori Caldwell firstname.lastname@example.org | 648-3258 July 20, 2012 5:58PM
Sam Lott. | Provided Photo~Sun-Times Media
Updated: July 20, 2012 10:00PM
GARY — Three homicides in one week, the latest on Thursday night on an Ambridge Street, is enough for Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson.
City spokeswoman Chelsea Whittington announced the mayor is inviting residents to meet at 4 p.m. Saturday at 200 Arthur St., the place where Sam Lott was shot and killed.
“It’s time for us to take a stand,” said Freeman-Wilson. “We cannot sit back and allow criminals to take over our city.”
Lott, 26, of 5068 W. 18th Ave., was found in the street about 11:30 p.m. He had been shot several times and was pronounced dead there.
Investigators believe Lott was killed there, but said no one was in the area when medics and police arrived on the scene.
He is the 22nd homicide this year.
The mayor’s anti-violence rally will be held in conjunction with the police roll call at the same location.
Chief Wade Ingram has held roll call for patrol shifts in various neighborhoods that have encountered violent crime in recent weeks.
Detective Cpl. James Nielsen is investigating Lott’s death. Anyone with information can call him at 881-4754.