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HAMMOND — One woman was killed and two people were wounded early Monday in a shooting, police said.

Police arrested 32-year-old Lynwood resident Joseph E. Barner as a suspect in the homicide.

Police found Barner's vehicle on the 1300 Block of Indiana Street in Hammond after the shooting, and he was arrested by authorities in Lynwood Monday night, police Lt. Richard Hoyda said.

A woman called police at 6:07 a.m. to a house in the 1300 block of Truman Street in Hammond, and three people were found inside the home, Hoyda said.

Carmelle E. Cajuste, 44, who lived in the house, was found dead from a gunshot wound to the head, officials said. Her death was ruled a homicide, according to the Lake County coroner's office.

A 36-year-old woman, who also had a gunshot wound to the head, was taken to a hospital in critical condition, Hoyda said.

A 27-year-old man, who had been shot in the neck, was taken to a hospital in critical condition, he said.

It's believed one of the women in the house called police, Hoyda said.

A man may have been involved, and the shooting occurred at or near the front door to the house, he said.

Detectives could be seen at daybreak working inside the two-story home, where the front door stood ajar and crime scene tape encircled the front yard.

The sound of idling police vehicles could be heard, but few neighbors ventured out into the cool morning air to get a look at the police activity. Officers appeared to be interviewing at least one woman.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Lt. David Carter at 219-852-2984 or 219-852-2906.

The shooting marks the first homicide this year in Hammond. The city ended 2016 with eight homicides, compared to seven in 2015.


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