E.C. man killed, girlfriend wounded in shooting

2013-11-30T18:30:00Z 2013-12-02T00:26:08Z E.C. man killed, girlfriend wounded in shootingLauri Harvey Keagle lauri.keagle@nwi.com, (219) 852-4311 nwitimes.com

EAST CHICAGO | A 23-year-old man was killed and his pregnant girlfriend wounded in an early morning shooting when someone leaned in through a window and shot them in their sleep, police said.

The crimes may be related to the deceased trying to sever previous gang ties, East Chicago Police Chief Mark Becker said.

Rolando Munoz Cuevas III, of the 3500 block of Grand Blvd. in East Chicago, was pronounced dead at 8:10 a.m. at his home, according to a Lake County coroner's office report.

The cause of death was listed as multiple gunshot wounds suffered in a homicide.

Cuevas' 20-year-old girlfriend, who is eight months pregnant, was hospitalized Saturday morning with what are believed to be non-life threatening injuries, police said.

"At last report, she and the baby were doing fine," Becker said.

Police were called to the home at 6:37 a.m. for a report of a shooting and found Cuevas dead and his girlfriend wounded. Eight or nine people, including four or five young children and an older male, were home at the time of the shooting and were not injured, Becker said.

Family members told police two pit bulls were moving about in the home but not barking when a shot rang out. A family member went to investigate and saw a large man leaning into a bedroom window with a handgun, police said.

Witnesses were not able to provide a clear description of the gunman.

Police are asking anyone with information about the shooting to contact the East Chicago Police Department at (219) 398-COPS or the anonymous tip line at (219) 391-8500.

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