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GARY — Two people were wounded in separate shootings Monday and Tuesday in different parts of the city, police said.

Gary police were dispatched about 3 p.m. Monday to the 3100 block of Georgia Street for a report of a gunshot victim, Lt. Dawn Westerfield said.

Officers arrived to find a 25-year-old Gary man lying on a sidewalk with a gunshot wound to his buttocks, she said. He was taken to a hospital by ambulance.

Witnesses told police a passenger in a white van with dark tinted windows shot the man, she said. The passenger was described as a black man with a medium complexion and medium-length dreadlocks.

Detective Sgt. Michael Barnes is investigating.

On Tuesday, police responded to a local hospital at 8:24 p.m. after a 37-year-old Gary man arrived seeking treatment for gunshot wounds to his legs, Westerfield said.

The man told police he was outside a liquor store near West Fourth Avenue and Bigger Street when he heard gunshots and realized he had been shot. The man claimed he didn't see anyone, didn't see any vehicles and didn't know who drove him to the hospital, Westerfield said.

Detective Sgt. William Fazekas is investigating.

Anyone with information is asked to call detectives at 219-881-1210. To remain anonymous, call 866-CRIME-GP.

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Sarah covers crime, federal courts and breaking news for The Times. She joined the paper in 2004 after graduating from Purdue University Calumet.