GARY — One person is dead and three others wounded in separate shootings across the city this week.

Temica Spencer, 31, of Gary, was shot to death Tuesday night in the 500 block of Mount Street, according to police.

Spencer was taken to a Methodist Northlake Campus in Gary for treatment, but was later pronounced dead at 11:02 p.m., according to the coroner.

In a separate shooting Tuesday night, a 45-year-old man from Gary told police he was standing by his car drinking beer with a friend when a white, older model Buick Regal drove by and someone inside opened fire, according to Gary police Lt. Dawn Westerfield.

Police were dispatched at about 11:30 p.m. to Northlake Methodist Campus in Gary. There, the victim told police the shooter struck him twice in the pelvic area, Westerfield said.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Detective Sgt. Jon Basaldua at 219-881-1210. To remain anonymous, call 866-CRIME-GP.

In another shooting, police believe a 24-year-old woman was shot in the torso Thursday night in the 2000 block of Monroe Lane. She reportedly drove herself to the hospital, where police were dispatched to at 7:46 p.m. for a report of a gunshot wound victim.

The woman was uncooperative with hospital security and staff, Westerfield said. Police had received a call of shots fired moments before the shooting in the same block it was believed to have occurred, she said.

A 48-year-old Gary man was shot in the hand at about 7:20 p.m. Thursday while driving in the area of 21st Avenue and Harrison Street, according to police.

He told police the suspect and he were talking about money when the suspect pointed a handgun and shot at him two or three times, Westerfield said.

The victim fled and drove himself to Northlake Methodist Campus in Gary.

Anyone with information about the shootings of the 48-year-old and the 24-year-old is asked to call Detective Sgt. Dan Callahan at 219-881-1210. To remain anonymous, call 866-CRIME-GP.


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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.