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Drive-by shooting leaves 1 dead; 'no snitch culture' must end, police chief says
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Drive-by shooting leaves 1 dead; 'no snitch culture' must end, police chief says

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MICHIGAN CITY — Two men were shot Thursday afternoon, one fatally, in a drive-by shooting in the 200 block of North Ridgeland Avenue, police said.

The men were standing outside a residence shortly before 1:30 p.m. when an SUV drove by and someone inside began shooting, Michigan City police said.

Both men, ages 23 and 21, were struck by gunfire before the vehicle fled the area, police said.

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The 21-year-old, identified by police as Tyrese Morris-Cross, was flown from a local hospital to Memorial Hospital in South Bend, where he later died from his injuries.

The 23-year-old victim is in stable condition with non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

Officers recovered multiple pieces of evidence from the scene and continue to interview witnesses, according to police. 

Police Chief Dion Campbell said, "I applaud the efforts of our department in investigating this homicide. Our supervisors and officers showed great leadership and poise during a senseless act that occurred in broad daylight."

"This 'No Snitch Culture' has to stop," he said. "On the heels of a Town Hall meeting designed to find solutions, this incident is disheartening to say the least. Our condolences to the family of the deceased."

"These acts leave lifelong scars and disruptions in families and it has to stop," Campbell said. "I meet weekly with the Mayor to discuss these issues our city is facing. It will take a community effort to stop this cycle of senseless violence."

Police encourage anyone who witnessed te incident or has surveillance/cell phone video to contact Detective Cpl. Kay Pliske at 219-874-3221, extension 1086, or at kpliske@emichigancity.com.

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Porter/LaPorte County Courts and Social Justice Reporter

Bob is a 23-year veteran of The Times. He covers county government and courts in Porter County, federal courts, police news and regional issues. He also created the Vegan in the Region blog, is an Indiana University grad and lifelong region resident.

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