EAST CHICAGO — Police continued interviewing people Tuesday in connection with a shooting Saturday that left a Hammond man dead and an NFL hopeful wounded.
East Chicago police found Brian Thomas, 33, of Hammond, lying on the ground with a gunshot wound to the chest after responding about 11:40 p.m. Saturday to the 4900 block of Kennedy Avenue for a report of shots fired.
A large group of people appeared to be fleeing the Fuel Star gas station property, and officers were directed to Thomas, Lt. Marguerite Wilder said.
Thomas, who was conscious, was surrounded by people. One person was attempting to give him medical assistance, police said.
Martayveus Carter, 23, of East Chicago, was wounded in the shooting.
Carter helped lead East Chicago Central High School football team to its first sectional and regional championships in program history in 2013 and was a star player at Grand Valley State University. He declared for the National Football League's supplemental draft and had recently worked out with the Kansas City Chiefs.
Police have received no reports of anyone besides Thomas and Carter being wounded in the shooting, Wilder said.*
Thomas and Carter each were taken to St. Catherine Hospital.
Thomas was pronounced dead at the hospital from a gunshot wound. The death was ruled a homicide, according to the Lake County coroner's office.
Carter was transferred in critical condition to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn. He was no longer listed as a patient there Monday, a hospital spokeswoman said.
Police detained several people after the shooting, but they were released pending further investigation, Wilder said.
Four guns also were recovered and placed into evidence, police said.
No officers were wounded in the shooting.
Wilder said detectives still want to speak with anyone who may have video or photos of the shooting or its aftermath. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Miguel Pena at 219-391-8318. To remain anonymous, call 219-391-8500.
Thomas' death marks the fourth homicide so far this year in East Chicago. There have been 46 homicides this year in Lake County.
* Editor's note: This story has been updated from a previous version to correct Brian Thomas' name. The Times regrets the error.