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Six gunshot victims, one stabbing

GARY--From Thursday through Sunday nights, police responded to six gunshot victims and one stabbing in various parts of the city.

An East Chicago teen, Tre Buggs, 19, was the most critically injured of the weekend victims. Buggs was one of three people shot while riding in a car near 19th Avenue and Chase Street about 8 p.m. Saturday night. The driver, Larry Hopkins, 17, had picked up two sisters in Delaney Community Housing Development. He was stopped at the light on Chase Street when they heard shots. Hopkins was shot in the back and Buggs, after shouting to his friend to, “Go!,” passed out with a gunshot wound to his head. He has not regained consciousness and is not expected to recover. A third passenger, Rashaunta Lewis, 17, was also shot in the back. Detective Lorenzo Davis is investigating. Anyone with information can call him at 881-4738.

On Sunday night, Aaron Brown, 28, was outside his home in the 800 block of Connecticut Street planting flowers when his neighbor approached him and began calling him names, then threatened to kill him. He continued working in his yard, but Kathryn Flemming-Green, 57, fired a shot in the air, then aimed at Brown and struck him in the hip. Patrolmen Jeremy Joseph and Michael Mitchell located the suspect, who was arrested at her home, located south of the victim’s. She was being held facing a charge of attempted murder.

Police also arrested Clester M. Sims, 37, at his home about 10:45 p.m. Sunday after speaking to Santrina N. Echols, 41, who had cuts on her neck and hands. She told Patrolman Brandon Hulse that she and Sims argued and he threatened to kill her. She tried to leave, but he pointed something at her as she locked her car doors. Believing it was a shotgun, Echols did not leave because she thought he would shoot her. Police seized a car jack. Sims was being held pending charges of aggravated battery and intimidation.

Breon Harris, 22, a resident in the Aetna neighborhood, said he was driving in the Duneland Village area about 8:15 p.m. Thursday when a passenger handed him a gun and he was shot in the leg. His friend drove him to the hospital for treatment.

Friday afternoon, Samara Hines was shot at least five times after arguing with another driver. Police found Hines on the ground in the 1900 block of Vermont Street. He is in serious condition. Sgt. Dan Callahan is investigating the shooting.



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