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GARY — A Gary man remained hospitalized Tuesday with life-threatening wounds in one of two separate shootings over the past several days, police said.

Police found the 45-year-old Gary man slumped over the wheel of an SUV about 7:30 a.m. Sunday in an alley in the 4000 block of Grant Street, Cmdr. Jack Hamady said.

The man had been shot in the head, he said.

Medics took the man to a local hospital, but he later was transferred to an Illinois hospital for further treatment.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Detective Alex Jones, of the Lake County/Gary Metro Homicide Unit, at 219-755-3855.

Police were called to the 1100 block of DeKalb Street about 9 p.m. Monday and found a vehicle that was struck by gunfire and hit a pole, Hamady said.

The vehicle was unoccupied. Police found the driver inside a nearby home attempting to treat a gunshot wound to his leg.

The 20-year-old Gary man told police he was driving in the area when two men walked up to his car and began shooting at him, Hamady said. The man attempted to flee, but the car slid on ice and hit the pole.

The gunmen fled on foot, and the victim sought help at the residence, police said.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Detective Lt. Thomas Pawlak at 219-881-1210.

To anonymously report crime in Gary, call 866-CRIME-GP.


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.