Chicago woman fatally shot in Gary early Thursday

2014-04-24T20:36:00Z 2014-04-24T23:15:22Z Chicago woman fatally shot in Gary early ThursdayElvia Malagon and Steven Ross Johnson The Times

GARY | A Chicago woman was shot to death early Thursday inside a home in the 300 block of Wilson Street, the Lake County coroner's office said. 

The 27-year-old woman died about 4 a.m., Lake County Deputy Coroner George Deliopoulos said. Officials had not identified the woman as of Thursday night. 

The Gary Police Department did not return multiple calls seeking comment about the fatal shooting. 

On Thursday evening, the only noise in the neighborhood was South Shore trains as they passed by the area.

Loretta Ford, who lives on Wilson Street, said she didn't know the woman who died because the family had lived in the neighborhood for only about a month. She said she occasionally saw two boys playing in the front yard and saw smaller children peeking through the front door. 

"Whatever was going on, it's just sad that someone would take someone else's life," Ford said. 

No one answered the door where the shooting happened, though a light was turned on inside the house. Old newspapers covered some of the windows in the single-story house. 

Another neighbor, who did not want to be identified, said he heard about four gunshots early Thursday. He looked out his front door and saw three men running toward a nearby bridge.

Before Thursday, the neighbor said he saw many adults and children coming in and out of the house. The man said he had previously spoken to a resident of the house after hearing arguing.

"We have elderly people, people who have lived here for 30-plus years," he said. "We don't act like that around here."

Ford said it's a close-knit neighborhood, and many spent the morning calling each other to talk about the shooting. 

"I'm sorry it happened," Ford said. "This is still a good neighborhood. We just don't have that kind of stuff here."

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