Three shot to death in Gary in 12 hours

A Lake County coroner’s van

The Times

The Lake County Coroner's Office has identified three men who were shot to death in Gary and neighboring Calumet Township in separate incidents over a 12-hour span. 

Louis Watson, 25, of Gary, was shot to death early Friday morning on the 2100 block of Harrison Street by Roosevelt Park, about a half mile from the childhood home of Michael Jackson in Gary's Midtown neighborhood.

The Lake County Coroner's Office was called out to the scene at about 3:03 a.m. Friday. Watson was pronounced dead at 3:37 a.m.

"Upon arriving officers were met by a male who stated his friend was shot inside the residence," the Gary Police Department said in a news release. "Officers entered the residence and discovered a man ... shot multiple times.  The victim was pronounced deceased at the scene."

The manner of death was homicide, and the cause of death was a gunshot wound, according to the coroner's office.

At 5:07 a.m. Friday the Lake County Coroner's Office was called to a scene in the 4300 block of Roosevelt Street in unincorporated Calumet Township, just outside of Gary's Black Oak Neighborhood. A man was pronounced dead of homicide by gunshot wound at 5:30 a.m. 

The coroner's office on Friday identified the shooting victim as Shawn Magerski, 36, of Gary. 

The overnight shootings followed a fatal shooting of 55-year-old Gary resident Terrence Conley about 6 p.m. Thursday at 800 S. Lake St., near the South Shore Line train station in Gary's Miller neighborhood.

"Upon arriving officers discovered a male unresponsive in a vehicle at that location with an apparent gunshot wound to the face," the Gary Police Department said in a news release.

He was pronounced deceased at the scene. 

Anyone with information about the killings is urged to contact Sgt. Jeremy Ogden or Cpl. James Bond of the Lake/Gary Metro Homicide Unit at 219-755-3852.

People also can leave anonymous tips on the Gary Tip Line at 866-CRIME-GP.


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