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HAMMOND — Police believe the man who committed suicide Monday in an Aldi parking lot was the primary suspect in the shooting homicide of John Horvat, a Hammond man, earlier that morning.  

Bruce Craft, 56, of Hammond, was found dead with a self-inflicted gunshot wound at about 2:24 p.m. in a vehicle at the Aldi parking lot in the 7900 block of Indianapolis Boulevard, according to Lt. Steve Kellogg. 

Hours earlier, police were dispatched to Horvat's home in the 7000 block of Birch Avenue after a co-worker requested a welfare check because he failed to show up for work, Kellogg said.

There was no sign of forced entry, so police entered the home and found Horvat with a single gunshot wound to the head in his living room, Kellogg said.

As the investigation unfolded, Craft quickly became the primary suspect, Kellogg said. Kellogg said the vehicle Craft was driving was entered into the city's new License Plate Reader system, which detected Craft's vehicle as last being in the general location of the Aldi. 
The LPR system led police to the Aldi parking lot later that day, and when they found Craft in his vehicle, he was already dead, Kellogg said. 
The two knew each other, and police believed Craft's shooting of Horvat was financially motivated. Kellogg declined to go further into detail. 

Northlake County Reporter

Lauren covers North Lake County government, breaking news, crime and environmental issues for The Times. She previously worked at The Herald-News in Joliet. She holds a master’s degree in Public Affairs Reporting.