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GARY — Three men were killed and two were wounded in three separate shootings during the past week in Gary, police said.

The deaths bring the total number of homicides in Gary so far this year to 28, up from 23 at the same time last year, police Cmdr. Jack Hamady said.

Jordan Mitchell, 19, of Merrillville and Gary, and an 18-year-old Chicago man were shot in the 2200 block of Carolina Street about 9:20 p.m. Saturday, according to police and the Lake County coroner's office.

Gary police arrived at the crime scene and found the Chicago man, who had been shot several times in the body, Hamady said. He was taken to a local hospital for treatment.

While police were investigating, they learned another gunshot victim — later identified as Mitchell — had arrived at Methodist Hospitals Northlake Campus in a private vehicle, Cmdr. Jack Hamady said.

Mitchell was pronounced dead about 10:10 p.m. from a gunshot wound to the head, authorities said.

Investigators learned Mitchell and the 18-year-old were both in the 2200 block of Carolina before a third man approached and began shooting, Hamady said. The suspect was last seen leaving the area in an older model Chevrolet Malibu, he said.

Lake County Sheriff Oscar Martinez said in a news release that investigators also were reviewing information possibly linked to the case from a crime scene at West Seventh Avenue and McKinley Street and another in the 600 block of Grant Street, which is where Methodist Hospitals Northlake Campus is located.

Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Kris Adams of the Lake County/Gary Metro Homicide Unit at 219-755-3825. 

A 40-year-old Griffith man was killed and a 37-year-old Griffith man was wounded in a shooting about 3 p.m. Friday in the 1500 block of Broadway, police said.

Police found Coty Porter, 40, on the ground outside a vehicle with an open driver's side door after police responded to a report of a gunshot wound victim, Hamady said.

The 37-year-old man was found seated in the passenger seat. Both men were taken to a local hospital, where Porter was pronounced dead.

The 37-year-old was transferred to a Chicago hospital, where he was in stable condition Monday, Hamady said.

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Police said a black man driving a light-colored vehicle — possibly a silver Chevrolet four-door car — may have been involved. 

Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Cpl. Edward Gonzalez of the Lake County/Gary Metro Homicide Unit at 219-755-3852.

Jermaine Jones Sr., 28, of Triangle, Virginia, died Friday at an Illinois hospital after a shooting about 6 p.m. June 18 in the 500 block of Jackson Street in Gary, authorities said.

Jones and a 33-year-old Gary man were wounded in the shooting, Hamady said.

The men were at a gathering to celebrate the life of Joshua Frierson, 37, of Gary, who was killed in a homicide June 11 in the 500 block of Jackson Street. A man opened fire during the gathering and fled, Hamady said.

Jones died from a gunshot wound to the neck. His death was ruled a homicide, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office.

Anyone with information about Jones' homicide is asked to call Detective Lt. Thomas Pawlak at 219-881-1210. 

To anonymously report information about crime in Gary, call 866-CRIME-GP.

Times staff writer Olivia Heersink contributed to this report.

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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.