CROWN POINT | Three Merrillville men and a teen have been charged with murder and criminal gang activity in connection with last week's fatal shooting of a 14-year-old boy through a window of his home.
Kevin Brown, 18, Matthew Knight, 16, Anthony Addison, 22, and Joshua Addison, 21, were charged Saturday.
According to a probable cause affidavit, Merrillville police were called at 8:35 p.m. Wednesday to a home in the 7500 block of Marshall Street in response to shots being fired.
Police were met by the mother of 14-year-old Depree Mims, who was shot through a window of his home while getting a blanket for other children in the home.
The woman told police she had gathered her nine children in the living room with blankets and a mattress to watch a movie. Depree Mims was asked to get up and get a blanket for the other children.
When Mims got up and began to walk, the boy's mother heard a loud bang from the front window, the affidavit states.
When she turned around, she saw Mims on the floor in front of the television with his head bleeding. The boy died two days later.
The boy's stricken parents told police they had no idea why anyone would shoot at their house, the affidavit states.
However, another relative told police a boy had threatened Mims about a week before the shooting, according to the affidavit.
Police located six shell casings in the street directly in front of the home, the affidavit states. Also recovered from the lawn were a black winter hat and a keychain.
Brown is alleged to have admitted to the shooting and also alleged to have posted and then removed a photo on Facebook showing him holding a pistol.
After agreeing to speak with police, Knight said Brown wanted to join the Gangster Disciples, a gang to which the Addisons allegedly belong, the affidavit states.
The Addisons had Brown shoot at the house for a gang initiation, the affidavit states.
The Addison brothers are alleged to have picked up Brown and Knight and proceeded to the Marshall Street house. Brown fired several shots into the home, according to the affidavit.
Knight said he was given the gun and told to get rid of it, the affidavit states. He told police he buried it in a backyard, but later admitted he lied after police could not find the gun, the affidavit states.
The gun was later stashed at an address connected to the Addisons in Gary, the affidavit states.
The Addisons denied involvement, telling police they were with their father in Merrillville about the time of the shooting, according to the affidavit.