Gary’s 19th homicide of 2012 comes shortly after anti-violence march
by Lori Caldwell email@example.com July 13, 2012 4:06PM
Police investigate at the scene of a homicide on 19th Avenue in the Tarrytown section of Gary, Ind. Friday July 13, 2012. Omari Barnes, 35, was shot and killed inside the house early Friday afternoon. | Stephanie Dowell~Sun-Times Media
Updated: August 15, 2012 6:06AM
GARY — The sound of gunshots coming from inside a Tarrytown house led medics and police to find Omari Barnes dead inside his home.
Barnes, 35, of 4031 W. 21st Ave., was pronounced dead on the scene of the robbery/homicide Friday afternoon.
Relatives and friends by the dozens gathered in a vacant lot across the street, watching police process evidence and sharing their grief.
“I’m tired of this ----,” the victim’s best friend, Ronald Goode, said. “I’m tired of this.”
For a time, Goode strode back and forth outside the crime scene tape, shouting and waving his arms.
He quieted, however, when a Chicago pastor spoke to him.
“I told him it was all right to be angry, but not to lose control for the sake of the family,” said Pastor Corey Brooks of New Beginning Church of Chicago.
Brooks, who joined area pastors and residents for an anti-violence march Friday morning, was returning to Chicago when he heard about the shooting. Cmdr. Kerry Rice delivered Brooks to the scene, where he spoke to several residents.
“We’ve been to scenes a lot like this in Chicago. It’s the same thing, young black men dying,” he said.
Witnesses told police Barnes was inside his home when they heard at least one shot.
Lt. Del Stout of the Violent Crimes Unit and Cpl. Javier Garza, assigned to the Crime Suppression Unit, were the first officers on the scene.
It appeared the house was ransacked, but it was unclear what was missing.
Barnes was no stranger to violence.
He had been shot at least twice before, wounded in the foot in 2001 and struck in the face, neck and shoulder in October 2009.
In October 2002, Barnes and a second suspect were charged with murder in the shooting death of Willie Jones, 28, who lived down the block from where Barnes died. The charge was dropped when witnesses refused to cooperate in the case.
Barnes served a prison term on charges of criminal recklessness and intimidation.
He was scheduled to appear in court later this month on a felony possession of marijuana charge.
No one is in custody on Barnes’ homicide, the 19th this year.
Radio operators alerted police to look for a blue Chevrolet Malibu seen leaving the area immediately after the shooting.
Anyone with information can call Sgt. Larry Robertson at 881-7545 or leave information anonymously on the police department’s tip hot line, 1-866-274-6347.