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GARY — Two men were killed in separate shootings late Thursday into Friday morning, police said.

One man was killed in an apparent domestic dispute, while another man appeared to have been shot dead while driving, police Cmdr. Jack Hamady said.

The two cases bring the total number of homicides in Gary so far this year to 30, compared with 25 at the same time last year. The number of people wounded in shootings was 55, down from 65 at the same time last year, Hamady said.

Kevin Hayden, 54, of Chicago Heights, was found inside a home in the 4000 block of West 10th Avenue about 5:27 p.m. Thursday after his ex-girlfriend called police to report a gunshot victim, police said.

The 40-year-old Gary woman met officers at the home and was taken into custody for questioning, Hamady said.

Hayden was taken to Methodist Hospitals Northlake Campus, where he was pronounced dead about 7:15 p.m.

Hayden's death was ruled a homicide, but the cause of death was pending further investigation, according to the Lake County coroner's office. 

On Friday morning, police responded to the area of 17th Avenue and VanBuren Street for a report of a car off the road with a driver slumped over the wheel, Hamady said.

Officers located a car in a grassy area at 9:42 a.m. occupied by a male driver who appeared to be lifeless, he said. The man was identified as a 24-year-old Marquis Sample from Gary.

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Damage from gunfire was found on the car, he said.

Anyone with information for either case is asked to call the Lake County/Gary Metro Homicide Unit at 219-755-3852. Detective Gregory Fayson is investigating Hayden's homicide, and Detective Michael Equihua is handling the case with the 24-year-old Gary victim. 

To anonymously report crime in Gary, 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.