CROWN POINT — An alleged gang member convicted in 2014 of shooting at people was charged Thursday in connection with a brief police chase that ended when he stopped and officers found three guns in the car.
Tremaine N. Gills, 26, of Gary, is accused of failing to signal a turn March 15 from West 49th Avenue onto Madison Street while driving a white Dodge Charger, recklessly passing another vehicle and speeding away when police attempted to pull him over in the 400 block of West 51st Place.
Gills stopped near 51st Place and Harrison, and police noticed a loaded black rifle with a drum magazine leaning against the leg of the front-seat passenger, Lake Criminal Court records say. Two handguns also were found under the front passenger seat.
Kyran Hawthorne, 25, was in the rear right backseat, records say. Hawthorne was one of two people wounded Sept. 30 in a shooting outside the Hobart Walmart. Hawthorne and the man charged in the Walmart shooting belong to two different gangs in Gary's Glen Park area, police said.
Two other passengers were in the car with Gills, records say.
Hawthorne and one of the passengers both have felony convictions, records say.
A third passenger had a handgun permit and claimed the firearms were his. Officers did not think the man was truthful, records say.
Gills was charged with one felony count of resisting law enforcement.
In 2014, Gills pleaded guilty to criminal recklessness for shooting at two people in June 2012 in Gary. At the time, Gills was a member of a gang in Glen Park, records say.
No charges have been filed against Hawthorne and the other two passengers, online court records show.