GARY | Gary police are following up on a number of leads in Monday's three homicides, a spokeswoman said Tuesday.

Cpl. Gabrielle King said detectives on the case were following up on "promising leads" but made no new arrests associated with the cases.

Rolando Correa, 22, of the 2400 block of Calhoun Street, was shot in a home invasion at his residence and pronounced dead at the Methodist Hospitals Northlake Campus in Gary early Monday.

Police said three masked men with guns forced their way into Correa's home and fired their weapons in what police believe was a robbery. At least four other people were shot in the incident. Their conditions were not known Tuesday, King said.

Police stopped a fleeing vehicle near the scene and found Mark Cherry, 21, of Lake Station, inside with a gunshot wound police believe he suffered in a struggle with a weapon during the home invasion.

Cherry was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, Ill. A hospital spokesman said Cherry was in critical condition Tuesday morning.

The driver of the vehicle was taken into custody and questioned by police.

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Just before 7 a.m. Monday, Andre J. Woods, 28, of the 4100 block of East 11th Place in Gary, was found dead on the road with a gunshot wound to the head in the 2100 block of Georgia Street. The coroner's office ruled his death a homicide.

Police said they believe Woods also was involved in the home invasion.

In another case, Aja Jester, 30, of Gary, was riding in a van with her boyfriend and another man when shots rang out. Jester was shot in the neck and jumped from the moving vehicle.

Police found her boyfriend — Damian Reedus, 34, of the 6000 block of Hemlock Street — dead with multiple gunshot wounds inside the abandoned van about 9:30 a.m. in the 1900 block of Pennsylvania Street.  

Jester was transported to Advocate Christ Medical Center where she underwent surgery Monday night, King said.

Her condition was not immediately known Tuesday.

Monday's homicides bring Gary's total for the year to 52. In 2012, the city logged 43 homicides.

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