HAMMOND — A man died Friday morning after he was shot while apparently attempting to rob several people in a home in the 6400 block of Woodward Avenue, police said.
The man, who has not yet been identified, reportedly entered the home's front door just before 7:30 a.m. and told several people he knew of a safe inside and intended to rob them, police Lt. Steve Kellogg said.
Witnesses told police they believed the man had a gun and threatened them with a firearm, Kellogg said.
The man forced three people to a room in the basement, Kellogg said. As he led the three out from the basement and into the kitchen, a fourth person — who had been in another room — confronted the man and shot him multiple times, police said. The person told police he kept the handgun for self-defense.
The people in the home called police and are cooperating, Kellogg said.
Despite children's bicycles in the front yard, there were no children in the home at the time of the attempted robbery and shooting, police said.
The four people in the home were taken in for questioning, and the case remains under investigation, police said. One of them admitted to shooting the alleged intruder, Kellogg said.
Crime scene tape surrounded the home as dogs barked and a sprinkler in the front yard clicked.
Police initially contacted Maywood Elementary School officials to advise them to keep the children inside of the school, but then notified the school that the area was secure, Kellogg said in a news release.
City Councilman Anthony Higgs watched from across the street and described seeing the four people leaving in police vehicles about 9 a.m.
Higgs said he went to the scene after receiving a call from a concerned resident.
"Community safety is a top priority," he said.
Higgs briefly left, but returned later and spoke with Kellogg.
Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Sgt. Daniel Bates at 219-852-2979.