***This article has been updated to correct the name of one of the victims incorrectly identified by the Lake County Coroner's Office. ***
MERRILLVILLE — Authorities are investigating the shooting deaths of two Gary teenagers early Sunday outside an apartment complex.
A Lake County Sheriff's Department police report indicates officers were called before 3 a.m. to the 3900 block of 77th Plaza, outside the Broadmoor Country Club Apartments to respond to a report of more than 15 gunshots heard in the area.
A Merrillville Police officer reported finding a car riddled with several gunshot holes, one victim lying on the car's passenger floorboard and another outside lying outside the vehicle. Both were pronounced dead shortly after 3 a.m. of gunshot wounds. The coroner is treating both deaths as homicides.
Anyone with information regarding the shootings can contact Merrillville Police Detective Ray Smith at 219-769-3531 ext. 363.
The Lake County coroner's office is identifying the victims as Rickey J. Nelson, 16, and Jamar Hines, 18, both of Gary.
Nelson was wearing a white T-shirt, black jeans and black Jordan gym shoes, according to the release.
Police set up a perimeter around the crime scene in the early morning hours. Lake County CSI, Superior EMS, Schererville Police and Merrillville Police assisted authorities at the scene.
By Sunday afternoon, all indications of the shooting were gone from the apartment complex parking lot.
In Gary's Glen Park section, neighbors and friends gathered on their porches, and stoops in what appeared to be impromptu wakes outside the victims homes, only eight blocks apart.
Most were grim and said the victims families were not ready to share their grief with outsiders yet. One elderly woman, who didn't identify herself, expressed horror at the tragedy. "Boom, it could have been you or me," she said.
Some young men found some humor in memories as they shared stories in the parkway outside by the Hines residence.
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