Feud leads to multiple arrests on one Gary block
Post-Tribune staff report September 23, 2013 11:30PM
Updated: September 24, 2013 11:53AM
GARY — Monday afternoon, the 300 block of Taft Place was quiet, unlike Sunday, when police responded at least four times to neighborhood fights involving gunfire with an assault weapon, threats and an attempted arson.
Investigators say two households in the Ambridge neighborhood are feuding, and the fight now involves young people who live on the block.
Before it was over, the SWAT team was called out and four adults and seven teens were arrested. The teenagers, ranging in age from 14 to 17 years old, were all released from custody Sunday night, police spokeswoman Cpl. Gabrielle King said.
Sgt. Mark Salazar is handling the adult arrests.
Police arrived the first time shortly about 3 p.m., responding to a call of a disturbance. Before the first officers arrived, residents reported shots fired, King said. Witnesses told police that people came out of a home in the middle of the block and fired bullets into the ground.
Seven people from one house were arrested and the SWAT team was called because police believed an assault weapon was involved. During a sweep of the house, police arrested Jason Coleman, 24, on a pending charge of criminal recklessness, Louise McGill, 19 and Ariane Hunt, 19, who face a charge of obstruction of justice.
The teens were arrested on charges of assisting a criminal, obstruction of justice and interference with a police investigation. Juvenile Division detectives are handling that portion of the investigation.
The obstruction charges stem from reports by neighbors that they saw suspects collected shell casings from the yard and street before police arrived.
After 5 p.m., Prezella Davis, 53, went to a house on the block and told some residents, “It ain’t over, I have something for you,” and had a gun with her. She was arrested and police recovered the weapon. She was being held pending a charge of intimidation.
A 36-year-old woman who lives on the block reported someone poured gasoline on her porch; however, there was no fire, police said.