GARY — The shooting death of a Portage man Sunday night in the city's Glen Park section marked the second slaying of a delivery driver in the neighborhood in less than a month.

David J. Shelton, 30, a pizza delivery driver, died after a shooting about 8 p.m. in the 3700 block of Washington Street, officials said.

Gary and Lake County sheriff's police responded to the scene. A Gary police K-9 appeared to begin a track away from the scene but later returned with its handler.

Shelton was pronounced dead at the scene. The death was ruled a homicide, according to the Lake County coroner's office.

Phillip Hearne, 60, of Gary, was shot to death about 8:40 p.m. Oct. 26 in the 3500 block of Pierce Street.

Hearne was an innocent victim in a robbery, police Cmdr. Jack Hamady said. Hearne appeared to have been shot while in a vehicle, which struck a fire hydrant and parked car before coming to a stop. 

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Hearne was taken to Methodist Hospitals Northlake Campus in Gary, where he was pronounced dead about 9:15 p.m. The death was ruled a homicide.

Anyone with information about the homicides is asked to call the Lake County/Gary Metro Homicide Unit at 219-755-3852. To remain anonymous, call 866-CRIME-GP.

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