GARY — A 61-year-old man died at the hospital after being shot and crashing his vehicle, police said. This marks the tenth suspected homicide of the year in the Region. 

Around 4:45 p.m. Wednesday police responded to a reported vehicle crash and shots fired in the area of West 5th Avenue and Clark Road in Gary. Inside the vehicle they found a man suffering from a gunshot wound.

The man had reportedly rear-ended another vehicle, Lt. Dawn Westerfield said. 

The victim was taken from the scene to a hospital and died shortly after arriving, Gary police Lt. Thomas Pawlak confirmed.

On Wednesday evening police temporarily blocked off a portion of road near the intersection where a damaged white passenger car sat with open doors and a shattered window. 

A witness at a business on the intersection corner said the car appeared to have gotten into a wreck and at least one person was taken from the scene in an ambulance. 

The investigation is in its early stages and no further information is available at this time, Westerfield said. 

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to contact Gary's Metro Homicide Unit at 219-755-3855 or the CRIME TIP LINE at 866-CRIME-GP.

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Night Crime/Breaking News Reporter

Anna Ortiz is the breaking news/crime reporter for The Times, covering crime, politics, courts, investigative news and more. She is a Region native and graduate of Ball State University with a major in journalism and minor in anthropology.