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GARY — A man approached a Gary police officer early Sunday, asking for help with a gunshot victim laying in the backseat of his vehicle.

Ervin Pirtle, 49, of Gary, died at the scene at 1:52 a.m., according to the Lake County coroner.

The officer said he saw the car coming at a "high rate of speed," with its horn blaring. Fire officials were immediately called to the 500 block of Ohio Street, but the injured man "had no signs of life."

A suspect has been taken into custody and is being held at the Gary Police Department, police said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Gregory Fayson at 219-755-3852. To remain anonymous, call 866-CRIME-GP. 

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Morning Cops/Breaking News Reporter

Olivia is the morning cops/breaking news reporter at The Times. She spends her time monitoring traffic and weather reports, scanning crime logs and reading court documents. The Idaho native and University of Idaho grad has been with The Times since 2019.