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Coroner identifies man found shot to death inside residence

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GARY — A man killed in a shooting last week has been identified as a 59-year-old Gary resident, the Lake County coroner's office said.

Vernal King was found inside a residence in the 7700 block of Forest Avenue, where police had been dispatched for a death investigation, records showed.

“Wow, man. What a scene. You can’t make up what we see out here on any given day,” Hobart patrol officer Tommie Tatum said.

King had been shot multiple times.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Lake County/Gary Metro Homicide Unit, 219-755-3855. To remain anonymous, call 866-CRIME-GP (866-274-6347).


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Lake County Courts and Social Justice Reporter

Sarah covers crime, courts and public safety. She began her career at The Times in 2004. Contact her at or 219-933-3351.

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