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CROWN POINT — A 65-year-old man remained in custody Monday pending formal charges in his son's shooting death Saturday at a home on West 97th Place, police said.

The man, who has not been identified by police, is accused of fatally shooting his 38-year-old son Jerome Wilderness Jr., of Merrillville, several times during an argument in the house.

Crown Point police were dispatched about 9:15 p.m. Saturday to a home in the 1200 block of 97th Place after a man called 911 and said he shot his adult son.

The 65-year-old man met police at the front door, telling them the son was in the basement and he wasn't sure if the son was breathing, according to a news release.

Police found Wilderness on a basement floor in the same room as Wilderness's twin 1-year-old daughters. Wilderness, who had suffered several gunshot wounds, told police he'd been shot by his father.

Officers removed the girls from the room, while others attempted to perform first aid for Wilderness, police said.

Wilderness was taken to Franciscan Crown Point Health hospital, where he was pronounced dead from gunshot wounds at 11:25 p.m. The death was ruled a homicide.

Wilderness's daughters were not harmed, and later were released to a relative, police said.

Police plan to meet with the Lake County prosecutor's office Tuesday to discuss formal charges, Police Chief Pete Land said.


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