Hammond police find gunshot wound victim in car, turn case over to East Chicago

A car with a shattered window was at the center of a massive police presence near downtown Hammond Sunday night.

EAST CHICAGO — Police discovered a male with a gunshot wound inside a car that broke down Sunday night near downtown Hammond, a spokesman said.

Hammond investigators turned the case over to East Chicago police after learning the shooting allegedly happened there, Lt. Steven Kellogg said.

East Chicago police Lt. Marguerite Wilder said her department was working Monday to verify that the shooting occurred in East Chicago.

Hammond police closed down a section of Sohl Avenue at the intersection of Willow Street about 8 p.m. Sunday. Officers taped off a crime scene around a black car with a shattered windshield parked in the middle of the street with the passenger door ajar. 

Kellogg said the car broke down in that location as someone attempted to drive the shooting victim to Franciscan Health hospital in Hammond.

Medics took the shooting victim to the hospital, he said.

Further details about the victim's age and possible location of the shooting were not immediately available from East Chicago police.


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