Man charged with murder in Gary shooting

2013-04-22T15:47:00Z 2013-04-22T22:50:05Z Man charged with murder in Gary shootingSusan Brown susan.brown@nwi.com, (219) 662-5325 nwitimes.com

CROWN POINT | An 18-year-old Gary man was charged Monday with last year's fatal shooting of a man who had left his home to go the store, police said at the time.

Richard Taylor, 25, was found shot dead in the street Dec. 17 in the 900 block of Aetna Street. He had left his home about 9:15 p.m. to go the store, police said.

When officers arrived, they found Taylor in the street and two men fleeing the scene on foot.

Anthony Hood was charged Monday with Taylor's murder as well as a second count of murder in the perpetration of a robbery.

According to the probable cause affidavit, a patrol officer observed a man walking in the vicinity of 11th Place and New Jersey who matched the description of a man seen by an officer responding to Taylor's shooting.

The man was identified as Hood, who told police he heard three shots on his way to a friend's house, the affidavit states.

Hood is alleged to have admitted shooting Taylor when he and another friend were looking for a robbery victim. Taylor is reported as having run from Hood and the other man before the men caught up with him at a cut-off on Aetna Street, the affidavit states.

The other man, who was unidentified, allegedly started to kick Taylor, whose mother reported him as mentally ill, at which point Hood is alleged to have decided to "burn him."

Hood is alleged to have admitted he was stopped by police on 11th Place after the shooting, the affidavit states.

When stopped by police Saturday for not wearing a seat belt, Hood was discovered trying to dispose of a substance found to be 2.4 grams of heroin, according to separate charging documents.

He subsequently also was charged with possession of a narcotic, a felony, and possession of marijuana, a misdemeanor.

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