Multiple shootings have Gary police scrambling Monday night
by Lori Caldwell firstname.lastname@example.org | 648-3258 January 28, 2013 9:34PM
Investigators work at the scene of a homicide near 12th and Taft in Gary Monday evening. | Jeffrey D. Nicholls~Sun-Times Media
Updated: March 2, 2013 6:38AM
GARY — One man is dead and at least one other wounded in separate shootings Monday night in Gary.
Police scrambled from one crime scene to the next as reports of gunshot victims, shots fired and cars damaged by bullets started coming in about 6:30 p.m.
When officers arrived in the 1200 block of Taft Street, they found an unidentified black man who had already died from multiple gunshots. Officers set up a perimeter and searched the area for a suspect. Detective Lorenzo Davis questioned one person who had seen the victim earlier in the evening. Investigators declined further comment on the status of the case, saying their work had just begun when they learned of another shooting victim.
The homicide victim’s name was being withheld pending positive identification and notification of family members, police said.
At about 7:30 p.m., police learned as many as three shooting victims had arrived at the Methodist Hospitals Northlake campus emergency room. Lt. Del Stout said later it appeared there was one victim, and his wounds were not related to the homicide an hour earlier.
Police located a car at 45th Avenue and Delaware Street that had been damaged by gunfire. Police said the man who walked into the emergency room at 7:30 p.m. with gunshots to his upper body may have been in or near that car when he was wounded.
Additional information about the victim was not available Monday night while Violent Crime Unit detectives spoke to victims and potential witnesses.
Anyone with information about either incident can call Detective Lorenzo Davis at 881-4738 or Cpl. James Nielsen at 881-4754.