Paul Johnson III
Updated: March 4, 2014 11:09AM
GARY — An Ambridge man who died early Saturday was shot several times during an argument over loud music, police said.
Paul B. Johnson III, 35, of the 400 block of Marshall Street died about two hours after being shot outside his home shortly before 3 a.m. He was rushed to the Methodist Hospitals Northlake campus emergency room where he was pronounced dead at 4:46 a.m., a news release from the Lake County Coroner states.
He was one of two men who died Saturday morning in Gary. While Johnson is the city’s second homicide victim this year, the other man’s death has not been determined as suspicious.
Firefighters found a Cadillac Escalade ablaze about 4 a.m. in the 1200 block of New Jersey Street in Aetna. The Escalade was parked at the home of the man who owned the luxury SUV. But the man found inside the vehicle has not been identified because of the extensive burns to his body. Authorities say they believe the occupant was the homeowner, but will wait for DNA testing to confirm the man’s name. Sgt. Dan Callahan is investigating and has consulted with ATF agents regarding the cause of the car fire.
Johnson had been released from prison in 2012 and faced a new felony theft charge filed recently, court records show.
Detective Alex Jones is interviewing witnesses. Police declined to comment on the status of any suspects in the shooting.
Anyone with information can call Jones at 881-7477 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org