GARY | A man was in critical condition Saturday night at Methodist Hospitals Northlake campus after being shot three times earlier in the day, Gary police Detective Alex Jones said.
Jones said he was called to a reported shooting about 3 p.m. near the intersection of 24th Avenue and Durbin Street in the Black Oak neighborhood of Gary.
Witnesses told police the victim and his cousin were driving to get some beer when the suspect's car pulled alongside in the opposite direction, so the driver's side door of each vehicle was lined up. The suspect said, "What's up?" and the victim replied, "What's up?" The suspect then pulled out a gun and shot the victim three times and drove off, Jones said.
The passenger and a woman from the neighborhood helped move the driver to the passenger seat, and the passenger drove the victim to the hospital, Jones said.
A neighbor said she heard what she thought were fireworks and realized they were gunshots once police raced to the scene.
Police have been unable to interview the victim because of his injuries. He faces paralysis because of the location of the gunshot wounds, Jones said.
No one is in custody. Jones is asking anyone with information about the shooting to call him at (219) 881-7477.