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Shooting in Gary leaves 1 dead in restaurant lot; 2nd killing in a day

Police had whole block taped off public as they collected evidence.| Shane Cleminson/For Sun-Times Media

Police had the whole block taped off to the public as they collected evidence.| Shane Cleminson/For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: June 3, 2014 6:29AM



GARY — Alvis Moore was shot and killed Thursday afternoon in the parking lot of the McDonald’s restaurant at 5th Avenue and Grant Street, the second homicide in the city that day, Police Chief Wade Ingram said.

Moore, 20, with home addresses in Gary and Merrillville, was shot several times in an exchange of gunfire about 3:35 p.m. outside the fast-food restaurant and was pronounced dead at the scene at 4:30 p.m., according to the Lake County coroner’s office.

About 2:30 a.m., Clifton Morrow Jr., 34, was shot and killed in his car in the 1000 block of Taney Street, just blocks from his home, police said.

Moore’s mother arrived at the scene and stood near an ambulance, her tears blending with the cold rainfall.

“My baby! My baby!” she cried out.

Police roped off the entrance to McDonald’s, and customers’ cars remained in the lot as the investigation into the shooting proceeded.

Ingram said surveillance video from the restaurant shows that Moore stepped out of a gray car and approached a car stopped in front of him. He started shooting into the car, and someone inside the car returned fire, hitting Moore, who collapsed on the pavement, the chief said.

A yellow car and a white vehicle, possibly a sport utility vehicle, fled the scene, according to police, who declined comment on whether they had located either car or if any suspects were in custody Thursday night.

Moore had been in the Lake County Jail since August, when he was arrested on a felony charge of carrying a handgun without a permit. He was released March 10 after posting $25,000 bond, court records show.

Morrow, 34, of the 1000 block of Chase Street, was found slumped behind the wheel of his car early Thursday, police spokeswoman Cpl. Gabrielle King said.

She said witnesses reported hearing gunshots, and Sgt. Gregory Wolf and Patrolman Steven Peek found Morrow’s car, which had crashed into bushes in the alley between Chase and Taney streets.

Gary has recorded 11 killings so far this year, two less than at the same time in 2013.

Detective Alex Jones is investigating Morrow’s death. Anyone with information can call him at 881-7477. Detectives Cpl. Edward Gonzalez, James Bond and Davis are investigating Moore’s death. Anyone with information can reach Gonzalez at 881-4750, Bond at 881-4751 or Davis at 881-4738.

Correspondent Lisa DeNeal contributed to this story.



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