EAST CHICAGO — Murder charges have been filed after police say two men got into a drunken argument that spilled into the streets after a party early Saturday.

Tyray Lavell Tolbert, 32, of, is accused of shooting and killing Steven Wiggins, 46, near 136th and Guthrie streets, Lake Criminal court records show. Both live in East Chicago.

Police responded just before 1 a.m. to the area to find Wiggins' body lying in the street with bullet wounds in his head, back and side of his body, and six 9mm shell casings nearby.

According to the affidavit, Wiggins, Tolbert and two other men were driving around that night while drinking and smoking weed before attending a birthday party. 

After going to a liquor store, Tolbert and Wiggins started bickering in the car "over ... stupid stuff that didn't even make sense," one witness told police. 

When they arrived at Wiggins' place on Guthrie, the two exited the car as if they were going to fight, witnesses told police. 

Instead, Tolbert shot at Wiggins in the street, and after Wiggins fell to the ground, he ran up to him and shot him in the head two or three more times, records state. 

Video surveillance, along with witness statements, helped police ID Tolbert as the shooter, court records show. 

Tolbert was not in custody as of Wednesday afternoon, Detective Terrance Fife said. 

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Lauren covers breaking news, crime and courts for The Times. She previously worked at The Herald-News in Joliet covering government, public policy, and the region’s heroin epidemic. She holds a master’s degree in Public Affairs Reporting.