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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.

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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Public Safety Reporter

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