Gary police Lt. Bruce Outlaw directs Reserve Officer Michael McCullough on where he wants the crime scene roped off as Detective Cpl. Michael Barnes walks from behind a garage where a man was shot to death Monday morning. | Sun-Times Media photo
Updated: August 30, 2014 6:14AM
GARY — The news conference announcing leadership changes and a “comprehensive” plan to reduce crime in the city ended late Monday morning just as a Gary man was shot to death in his auto repair garage three miles from City Hall.
Antonio Tolbert, 41, of the 3600 block of W. 15th Avenue, was apparently shot to death while working in the garage at 1124 Chase St. some time after 10:30 a.m., police said.
A customer who had called to inquire about getting his car’s air conditioning charged arrived after 11 a.m. and found the employee on the floor near the front entrance of the business. The customer told police he drove to the garage door entrance at the back of the one-story brick building and honked his horn for the proprieter. When he received no response, he walked around to the front entrance and found the man lying on the floor.
Detective Willie Ervin, who was working as a patrol officer Monday, was the first to arrive on the scene. He summoned homicide detectives, supervisors and medics. A Prompt ambulance medic called the Lake County coroner.
Newly appointed Chief Larry McKinley stopped briefly, having just left City Hall where Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson said Chief Wade Ingram had resigned and the city was taking a new direction in combatting crime.
Detectives Cpl. Michael Barnes and Richard McClelland are investigating the homicide, the 22nd violent death in the city this year. Anyone with information can call Barnes at 881-7434.