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GARY — A man was found shot to death Tuesday night in the city's Black Oak section, officials said.

Police found Earl J. Dantzler, 32, of Gary, unresponsive in the front yard of a residence in the 6000 block of West 36th Avenue after receiving a report about 8:50 p.m. of shots fired and a man down, according to police and the Lake County coroner's office.

Dantzler was pronounced dead at the scene about 10 p.m. from multiple gunshot wounds in a homicide.

A dark-colored vehicle was seen leaving the scene, police Cmdr. Jack Hamady said.

Dantzler's killing marks the 18th homicide this year in Gary, police and death records show.

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Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Alex Jones of the Lake/Gary Metro Homicide Unit at 219-755-3852. To remain anonymous, call 866-CRIME-GP.

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Sarah covers crime, federal courts and breaking news for The Times. She joined the paper in 2004 after graduating from Purdue University Calumet.