17-year-old girl dies outside Hammond McDonald's after Gary shooting

Police investigate Wednesday night outside the McDonalds in the 3600 Block of 169th Street in Hammond after a 17-year-old girl who was shot in Gary died in the parking lot. Police said the girl was in a car with her boyfriend and two other men, but it was unclear why they drove to the restaurant after the shooting and not a hospital.

A Lansing teenager has been identified as the girl who died Wednesday outside a Hammond McDonald's after being shot in Gary, coroner's investigators said.

Ashley Scott, a student at Thornton Fractional South High School, was shot about 5:20 p.m. in the 1500 block of Burr Street on Gary's west side, investigators said.

A statement posted on the high school's website Thursday said Scott was a "remarkable young lady with a bright future."

Gary police said a person was in custody Thursday in connection with Scott's homicide.

Charges against that person are expected to be filed Friday, Sgt. Williams Fazekas said.

Scott was a front-seat passenger a red Pontiac Grand Prix and was shot in the neck, Detective Daryl Gordon said.

After she was wounded, Scott, her boyfriend and two other men drove west into Hammond's Hessville section and stopped at the McDonald's at 3639 169th St., police said. They stopped there because it was the first well-lit place they came to, Gordon said.

One of the men in the car ran inside the restaurant and asked employees to call 911, Gordon said. Hammond police and EMS responded before 5:30 p.m. and notified Gary police after learning the shooting happened in Gary.

Scott was pronounced dead at 6:30 p.m. in an ambulance outside the restaurant, investigators said.

None of the men who were in the car with Scott are suspects, police said.

Crisis counselors will be available at TF South for those needing support, according to the school's statement.

Family members who answered the door at Scott's house Thursday afternoon asked for privacy.

Anyone with information about Scott's homicide is asked to call Gordon at (219) 881-7545.

Scott's homicide was the second in Gary on Wednesday. Antwone Davis, 19, was fatally shot in a vehicle about 1 p.m. Wednesday in the city's Aetna neighborhood, investigators said.

Davis' and Scott's deaths mark the 47th and 48th homicides in Gary this year. The city logged 53 homicides in 2013.

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