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One dead, two wounded in Gary shooting

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Updated: April 13, 2014 6:20AM



GARY — One man died and two others were wounded in an apparent shootout Monday night on a street in the city’s Aetna neighborhood, according to police.

Brian Cooper, 22, who lived in Midtown, was dead at the scene when police arrived about 8:45 p.m., police spokeswoman Cpl. Gabrielle King said.

She said Cooper was shot in the head while he sat in the passenger seat of a car driven by Donnell Goodwin, 23, a Miller resident, who also was wounded in the head.

After Goodwin was shot, his car rolled southbound and crashed into a parked car in the 1200 block of DeKalb Street, police said.

They said the motor was running when officers arrived, and they found a loaded semiautomatic pistol on the floor at Goodwin’s feet.

Goodwin was flown to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, Ill., because of the severity of the wound to his head, and police said they will not be able to interview him about the shooting until his condition improves.

A third man, Oshae Hampton, 19, was found lying wounded near the street, about 100 yards from Goodwin’s car, police said. He was taken to Methodist Hospitals Northlake for treatment, but he was able to provide little information about the shooting because of his medical condition, according to police.

Cooper’s death is Gary’s third homicide of the year. Anyone with information is asked to call Det. Cpl. James Nielsen at 881-4754 or Det. Daryl Gordon at 881-7545.



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