Police investigating triple homicide in Gary

2013-06-23T22:45:00Z 2013-06-24T12:52:03Z Police investigating triple homicide in GaryElvia Malagon elvia.malagon@nwi.com, (219) 933-3246 nwitimes.com

GARY | Three men were shot to death and a fourth person was injured early Sunday in Gary's Aetna neighborhood, police said. 

The three were identified as Michael Andrews, 34, of 1300 block of Dekalb Street in Gary, Antonio Dove, 27, of an unknown address and Briean Jiles, 22, of 1000 block of Gibson Place in Gary, according to the Lake County coroner's office.

All three died from multiple gunshot wounds.

Officers received a call of shots fired at 1 a.m. in the 5800 block of East 13th Place. Police found all three men who died at the scene. Lake County Coroner officials were dispatched at 1:45 a.m. to the scene, where the three men were pronounced dead.

Gary police said a fourth unidentified man was shot and taken to a local hospital in a private vehicle. His injuries were not considered life-threatening, officials said.

There weren't any suspects identified in the case as of Sunday.

By Sunday afternoon, officials had left the scene and the street was quiet. Many houses in the neighborhood were boarded up and vacant lots were overgrown with grass.

A woman who identified herself as Andrews' girlfriend sat alone on a child's chair in the driveway of a house near where the shooting took place. She looked down and quietly declined to comment.

A few houses down, Patricia Green said she heard the shots fired early Sunday but thought it was fireworks. She said she next heard "crying and hollering" and realized the three men had been killed.

Green said she has lived in the neighborhood for years and knew the three men. She said she most often saw Andrews, who lived a few houses down.

"He was a nice guy," she said. "He always treated me with respect."

On Gibson Place, family and friends of Jiles gathered outside his house. Kimberly Jiles, an aunt of Briean Jiles, said her nephew was known as the family joker who always made people laugh. His family called him "Frog."

She said Briean Jiles graduated from William A. Wirt/Emerson VPA High School in Gary. He had four children.

Kimberly Jiles said the family last saw Briean Jiles late Saturday when he came home to change his clothes. He left the house and she said she heard about the shooting about 10 minutes later.

She said her nephew was hanging out with friends at a garage when the shooting happened.

"He was a good kid, one that I loved," she said. "I don't know what I'm going to do."

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Gary police Cpl. Jeff Hornyak at (219) 881-1210.

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