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Portage man identified as Region's 10th homicide victim of 2020
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Portage man identified as Region's 10th homicide victim of 2020

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GARY — The coroner's office has released the identity of the 61-year-old who was shot multiple times before he crashed his vehicle Wednesday.

The death of Raymond McDuffie, of Portage, marks the 10th suspected homicide of the year in the Region. 

McDuffie was pronounced dead at the hospital at 5:25 p.m., according to the Lake County coroner's office. His cause and manner of death is multiple gunshot wounds in a homicide, the release states. 

Around 4:45 p.m. Wednesday police responded to a vehicle crash and shots fired in the area of West Fifth Avenue and Clark Road in Gary. Inside the vehicle they found a man suffering from a gunshot wound.

The man, later identified as McDuffie, had reportedly rear-ended another vehicle, Lt. Dawn Westerfield said.

The victim was taken from the scene to a hospital and died shortly after arriving, Gary police Lt. Thomas Pawlak confirmed.

Police on Wednesday night temporarily blocked off a portion of the road near the intersection where a damaged white passenger car sat with open doors and a shattered window. 

A witness at a nearby business said the car appeared to have gotten into a wreck and at least one person was taken from the scene in an ambulance. 

The investigation is in its early stages and no further information is available at this time, Westerfield said. 

Police ask anyone with information on the incident to contact Gary's Metro Homicide Unit at 219-755-3855 or the CRIME TIP LINE at 866-CRIME-GP.

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North Lake County Reporter

Lauren covers North Lake County government, breaking news, crime and environmental issues for The Times. She holds a master’s degree in Public Affairs Reporting from UIS. Contact her at lauren.cross@nwi.com or 219-933-3206.

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