Gary restaurant manager shot in head, killed

2013-07-11T23:56:00Z 2013-07-13T17:27:41Z Gary restaurant manager shot in head, killedElvia Malagon and Lauri Harvey Keagle Times Staff Writers

GARY | Anthony Green Sr. raised his voice and began praying yards from the body of his 24-year-old son, who was gunned down Thursday night.

Anthony Green Jr. was identified by the family as the man who was killed at 6 p.m. outside a hot dog restaurant on 53rd Avenue near Broadway.

"I have forgiveness in my heart," the elder Green, 50, said to the crowd gathered at the crime scene. "My son's life is in (God's) hands."

The homicide marks Gary's fifth shooting death in six days.

In a separate shooting, Joshua Passmore, 17, of the 1000 block of Burr Street, was pronounced dead at 12:06 a.m. Thursday at the Methodist Hospitals Northlake Campus in Gary, according to the Lake County coroner's office.

Gary police Cmdr. Michael Jackson said the younger Green was sitting outside the restaurant when he was shot in the head. He died at the scene.

Gary police Cpl. Gabrielle King said Green was talking to a group of people when another unidentified group came up to him and shot him in the back of the head.

Green, of the 500 block of South Vermillion Street in Gary, was pronounced dead at 6:40 p.m., according to the coroner's office. The cause of death was listed as gunshot wound.

It was unclear late Thursday what led to Green's shooting. Officers were seen talking to a group of teens at the crime scene.

Jackson said there was a report of three teens who were in the area during the time of the shooting, but police had not determined if they were suspects. There were no other reported injuries.

The hot dog restaurant is on the border of Gary and Merrillville. Family and friends of Green embraced each other as they arrived on the scene.

The elder Green said his son had managed the restaurant, which is owned by a family member, since it opened in January. He graduated from Merrillville High School.

"He was a hardworking young man," he said. "He wasn't perfect, but he was no troublemaker."

The elder Green asked the crowd gathered around the police tape to embrace God in their lives and to practice forgiveness.

The crowd joined him in prayer and said, "I know your words save me."

In a separate homicide late Wednesday, Passmore was shot and killed near his home.

The cause of death was listed as a gunshot wound suffered in a homicide in the 1500 block of Burr Street, according to the coroner's office.

Passmore was a passenger in the back seat of a vehicle at a gas station about 10 p.m. Wednesday, King said.

As the driver was putting gas in the car, the driver and other occupants heard shots being fired in their direction, King said. The driver got back into the car and as he was driving away, he and the passengers saw their friend Passmore slump over.

They called 911 and said they were en route to the emergency room, King said, but he was pronounced dead hours later.

The city logged six homicides last month, including a triple homicide and a double homicide. All were shot to death.

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