Cops: Two Hammond homicides, shooting may be related

2013-07-24T12:05:00Z 2013-07-25T08:12:05Z Cops: Two Hammond homicides, shooting may be relatedLauri Harvey Keagle lauri.keagle@nwi.com, (219) 852-4311 nwitimes.com

HAMMOND | The Northwest Indiana Major Crimes Task Force is investigating a homicide at a Hammond home Wednesday for any links to two earlier instances of gun violence.

James Edwards, 58, of the 6100 block of Ray Street, was pronounced dead at 4:26 a.m. in the emergency room of Franciscan St. Margaret Health hospital in Hammond, according to a report from the Lake County coroner's office.

The cause of death was listed as multiple gunshot wounds to the body suffered in an apparent homicide.

According to Robert Byrd of the Northwest Indiana Mayor Crimes Task Force, Hammond Police Chief Brian Miller called for the task force's assistance in trying to draw a link between Wednesday's homicide and two earlier crimes.

Hammond police were called at 3:50 a.m. to a report of shots fired in the 6100 block of Ray Street and found Edwards on the front porch with multiple gunshot wounds.

He was transported by Hammond Fire Department ambulance to Franciscan St. Margaret Health where he was pronounced dead on arrival, Byrd said.

An hour before the shooting death, Hammond police were called to a report of shots fired in the 1200 block of Highland Street, just around the corner from the scene of the Edwards homicide. Byrd said the home was sprayed with bullets.

Residents were home at the time, but no injuries were reported, he said.

Byrd said investigators are looking for any connection between the shots fired into the home and the homicide.

"We're also investigating any connection with both of this morning's shootings with the Monday shooting death of an 18-year-old," Byrd said.

In Monday's homicide, Cameron Sanders was shot to death at 4 p.m. in the 1400 block of Sherman Street. Sanders later died at Franciscan St. Margaret Health hospital in Hammond. 

Byrd said investigators are asking for the public's help with any information about the three crimes.

Police are asking anyone with information to contact Hammond Detective Lt. Michael Jordan at (219) 852-2974, Byrd said.

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