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GARY -- A man fatally shot while driving late Wednesday on the city's West Side has been identified as Derek S. Franklin, according to the Lake County coroner's office.

Franklin, 58, of Gary's East Side, was shot in the 6500 block of West Fifth Avenue. The death was ruled a homicide, a coroner's release said.

Gary police were called about 9 p.m. Wednesday to the area of West Fifth Avenue and Hobart Street for a report of a gunshot victim and crash.

Franklin was pronounced dead at the scene, the coroner's office said.

Anyone with information should call Gary Detective Kristopher Adams, of the Lake County/Gary Homicide Unit, at 219-755-3852.

To remain anonymous, call the Crime Tip Line at 866-CRIME-GP.

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Public Safety Reporter

Sarah covers crime, federal courts and breaking news for The Times. She joined the paper in 2004 after graduating from Purdue University Calumet.