Possible grenade, gunfire blast Gary car wash
by Lori Caldwell firstname.lastname@example.org | 648-3258 August 8, 2012 4:42PM
Gary police detective Tom Aguilar gathers evidence outside a 5th Avenue car wash where an explosive device was detonated and multiple rounds were fired into the building Wednesday Aug. 8, 2012. ATF agents talk with the business owner in the background. | Andy Lavalley~Sun-Times Media
Updated: September 10, 2012 1:38PM
GARY — A huge boom, then gunfire, broke through the normal traffic sounds on busy 5th Avenue in Brunswick on Wednesday afternoon.
No one was injured, and Gary police, who were on the scene for at least four hours, could provide little information about the incident.
ATF Resident-Agent-in-Charge Jerry Gordon, who works in the Merrillville office, confirmed that “some type of explosive device” was thrown at a newly opened car wash.
“We are going to be assisting the Gary Police Department in their investigation,” Gordon said.
People in the area heard the blast shortly after noon.
Evidence at the scene suggested the blast was caused by a grenade-type explosive.
The brick exterior of Hassle-free Tires and Car Wash, 5311 W. 5th Ave., was damaged.
No one was injured in the blast, which was followed by gunfire.
Gary police supervisors on the scene called Crime Scene Investigation technicians to photograph the scene and collect evidence left from the blast.
Police spokeswoman Cpl. Gabrielle King said the call came in as “shots fired” and she had no information about an explosion.
Cmdr. Jon Cooros, who is in charge of the patrol division, sent Crime Suppression Unit officers to the area to stand by, but said later he had no details about what happened there.
The building has been used as a car wash on and off for many years, but the current owners have been operating there for a few weeks.
Gordon said Gary investigators would be handling the case.
It is not clear which detective would be leading the investigation.