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Woman faces murder charge for shooting cousin on Indiana Toll Road, police say
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Woman faces murder charge for shooting cousin on Indiana Toll Road, police say

Ayana R. Jamerson

Ayana R. Jamerson

GARY — A woman faces a murder charge after fatally shooting her cousin while driving on the Indiana Toll Road, police said. 

The shooting took the life of 27-year-old Kevin Pruitt, of Chicago

On Tuesday afternoon Illinois State Police and the Gary Police Department contacted Indiana State Police to investigate a homicide that happened in an unknown area on the Indiana Toll Road, said Indiana State Police Sgt. Glen Fifield.

Gary police initially were called to Methodist Hospitals Northlake campus where a male gunshot victim had been driven to the emergency room.

Ride along with Officer Jimmy Weller as he patrols the region's border of Lake Michigan as part of the Lake County Sheriff's Marine Unit. Video by Connor Burge. 

As officers continued their investigation, they found out that the shooting happened while Pruitt was sitting in the passenger seat of a vehicle driven by his cousin.

Police said 26-year-old Ayana Rashawnda Jamerson, of Gary, drove the victim to the hospital, in addition to another individual who was also in the vehicle. Jamerson gave police inconsistent versions of what happened and also provided several different names of her identity, Fifield said.

It was then discovered that Jamerson had shot her cousin following an argument, police alleged.

Pruitt was airlifted from Gary to a hospital in Chicago, where he later died.

Jamerson has been charged with murder and remains in custody at Lake County Jail.


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Night Crime/Breaking News Reporter

Anna Ortiz is the breaking news/crime reporter for The Times, covering crime, politics, courts and investigative news. She is a graduate of Ball State University with a major in journalism and minor in anthropology. 219-933-4194,

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