Man survives gunshot to face during robbery in Merrillville

2014-01-23T18:15:00Z 2014-01-23T23:40:14Z Man survives gunshot to face during robbery in MerrillvilleChas Reilly chas.reilly@nwi.com, (219) 662-5324 nwitimes.com
January 23, 2014 6:15 pm  • 

MERRILLVILLE | A man survived a gunshot to his face following what was reported as an armed robbery outside a Merrillville apartment building, police said.

The man and a female passenger were sitting in a vehicle parked near 73rd Avenue and Noble Street when three males approached the vehicle about 5:30 p.m. Jan. 17, Merrillville police Cmdr. Jeff Rice said.

The suspects had guns and demanded the vehicle, cellphones and other property from the two people inside the car, Rice said.

The three suspects reportedly attempted to drag the man out of the vehicle.

During the robbery, one of the suspects fired two shots. One of the rounds struck the man, who was the driver, in the face, Rice said. The second shot broke glass in the vehicle.

A cellphone was taken, and the three suspects fled the area on foot.

The wounded man was treated at a local hospital and has since been released, Rice said.

"He's really lucky," Rice said.

The female passenger suffered a minor cut to her forehead from the glass that broke inside the vehicle.

"Other than that, she was unharmed," Rice said.

The robbery and shooting don't appear to be random occurrences, he said.

The occupants in the vehicle were targeted, but police haven't yet determined why they were sought out by the three suspects, Rice said.

Police have made no arrests in the case.

Police ask anyone with information about the shooting and robbery to call Rice at (219) 769-3531.

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