Gary shootout leaves 2 dead, several wounded

2013-09-07T18:11:00Z 2013-09-09T11:37:06Z Gary shootout leaves 2 dead, several woundedDeborah Laverty, (219) 762-1397, ext. 2223

GARY | A dispute over money at a Miller bar might have led to a neighborhood shooting that left two Gary men dead and four wounded, police said.

The early morning dispute between two groups Saturday started at Murphy's Tavern, 5425 U.S. 12, Police Chief Wade Ingram said.

One of the groups apparently went to another location to arm themselves with guns while the other group of eight went to a house in the 9300 block of Sunrise Boulevard, Ingram said.

The group that went back to the Sunrise Boulevard home was congregating outside at 3:45 a.m. when at least one car without its headlights on drove by and began firing into the crowd.

The dead have been identified by the Lake County coroner's office as Vincent E. Wainwright, 32, of the 9200 block of East 6th Avenue, and Da'Vaughn Pitts, 18, of the 300 block of North Lake Street.

Wainwright died from a single gunshot and Pitts died from multiple gunshot wounds, the coroner's office reported.

Wainwright was pronounced dead at 5 at the scene. Pitts was pronounced dead at 5:30 p.m. at the Methodist Hospitals Northlake Campus in Gary.

Four others were shot in the incident, including a Portage woman and a Gary woman. The other two gunshot victims are Gary men.

One of the wounded men is in critical condition, Ingram said.

All of the wounded were transported to area hospitals.

Investigating officers told witnesses to stay at the scene when one man began to run at 5:14 a.m. Officers stopped David Pitts, 20, and took him into custody after discovering he was carrying a handgun. David Pitts is the older brother of Da'Vaughn Pitts.

Pitts was arrested and is being held on charges of resisting arrest and possessing a gun without a permit.

Police are asking anyone with information about the shootings to contact Sgt. Dan Callahan, Detectives Alex Jones, Lorenzo Davis, Daryl Gordon or Simon Lillie at (219) 881-1210.

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