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Gary Police Department phovehicles involved Homicide 5th   Grant Street.

Gary Police Department photo of vehicles involved in the Homicide 5th & Grant Street.

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Updated: June 4, 2014 6:14AM



GARY — Police on Friday were detaining a man and a woman, questioning them in connection with the fatal shooting Thursday of a city resident in the parking lot of the McDonald’s restaurant at 5th Avenue and Grant Street, according to Police Chief Wade Ingram.

Alvis Moore, 21, was shot several times during an exchange of gunfire after he stepped out of the rear of a Chevrolet Malibu and approached a car in front of him, police said.

Detective Lorenzo Davis said police are holding a 23-year-old woman and a 21-year-old man, who were taken into custody about 4:30 a.m. Friday.

In a news conference Friday, Ingram said detectives viewed security camera footage and determined that three vehicles were involved, including the silver Malibu and a yellow Pontiac Aztek with Illinois plates. A Dodge Durango was located about a mile away from the shooting and is being processed by police, he said.

Ingram called Thursday’s shooting an “openly brazen and violent act.”

“As we all know, there are too many guns floating around on our streets,” he said. “Gun violence continues to plague our cities and urban areas.”

He said no one else was wounded, and it remained unclear as to why those involved chose to meet at the parking lot. Extra police patrols will be assigned to that area, the chief said, and outdoor roll calls were conducted Friday in the McDonald’s lot.

“We have met with management at McDonald’s to address their concerns about safety,” Ingram said. “Officers and supervisors will more frequently visit the inside of the restaurant and will be able to use the Wi-Fi there to complete their reports.”

He said police are determined to ensure the safety of employees and customers at the restaurant.

Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson attended the news conference.

“It is disconcerting to see a brazen, violent crime take place in broad daylight. These people have little tolerance for a human life,” she said.

Ingram is asking the public to call (219) 881-1210 if they have knowledge of the whereabouts of the Aztek or Malibu.

Anyone with information about Moore’s death can reach Detective Cpl. Edward Gonzalez at (219) 881-4750, Detective James Bond at (219) 881-4751 or Detective Lorenzo Davis at (219) 881-4738.



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