Two more slain in separate Gary shootings
Post-Tribune Staff Report July 11, 2013 9:44AM
Gary and Lake County police, with Lake County deputy coroners, remove the body of a man shot to death outside a restaurant on 53rd Avenue west of Broadway Thursday, July 11, 2013. | Sun-Times Media
Updated: August 13, 2013 6:16AM
GARY — Less than 24 hours after a Brunswick teen was shot to death outside a gas station, a second man was killed outside a Glen Park business.
The second victim, identified as Anthony Green Jr., 24, of Woodlake Village apartments, was sitting in chair outside Chicago Style Polish at 98 W. 53rd Ave., when he was shot to death about 6 p.m. He was an employee there, police said.
The Lake County crime lab, deputy coroners and Gary police gathered evidence after removing the man’s body from the scene, decorated with umbrellas featuring the Vienna hot dog trademark red and yellow colors.
Investigative Division Cmdr. Michael Jackson said a motive wasn’t apparent. “There was no robbery,” he said.
Some witnesses described three suspects leaving the area moments after the gunfire, and members of the Crime Suppression Unit took three young black men into custody about 7:45 p.m. Jackson said, however, the men were simply being questioned because they were nearby when the homicide occurred and declined to describe them as suspects until detectives obtained more information about the shooting.
Late Wednesday night, Joshua Passmore, 17, was shot while a passenger in a car stopped at the Sooper Dooper gas station at 15th Avenue and Burr Street. The gas station has been the scene of at least two other homicides.
Passmore, of the 1000 block of Burr Street, was pronounced dead at the Methodist Hospitals Northlake campus at 12:06 a.m. Thursday, a spokeswoman for the Lake County coroner said.
The teen had stopped at the business about 10:45 p.m. He was a passenger in a friend’s black Nissan, which was damaged by gunfire. The friend drove Passmore to the hospital. No one else in the car was wounded. His father, Larry Hughes, arrived at the emergency room shortly after the shooting and identified his son.
Detective James Bond said Passmore had just started working at McDonald’s.
“I’m following some leads on the case,” Bond said, declining to elaborate.
With Thursday’s two homicides, the city has recorded 27 violent deaths so far this year, 10 more than at the same time in 2012.
Anyone with information about Passmore’s shooting death can reach Bond at 881-1210.
The homicide at Chicago Style Polish appears to have been unprovoked, much like two other slayings in Glen Park within a week’s time.
Bryan Cooke, 46, was shot outside his girlfriend’s house and found dead early July 5 near 51st Avenue and Pennsylvania Street. Andrew Wilkins, 57, was gunned down outside his apartment building at 5175 Georgia St. early Saturday.
Chief Wade Ingram said earlier this week that Cooke and Wilkins don’t fit the usual profile of homicide victims in the city because they were not associated with criminal activity.
Detective Lorenzo Davis is investigating Thursday evening’s homicide. Anyone with information can call him at 881-7300, Ext. 3016.