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UPDATE: Woman shot to death in Portage

UPDATE: Woman shot to death in Portage

PORTAGE | A 30-year-old Portage woman died Wednesday after being shot in her apartment, officials said.

Tiara Thomas, of 5970 Old Porter Road, was pronounced dead at 8:21 a.m. at The Methodist Hospitals' Northlake campus in Gary, Lake County Coroner Merrilee Frey said.

The cause of death was listed as gunshot wounds suffered in a homicide.

Portage police were called at 7:28 a.m. to the woman's apartment for a report of a woman covered in blood.

Police spoke to Thomas' fiance who said when he arrived home from work he found Thomas in their bedroom bleeding from her head and chest.

According to a Portage police Chief Troy Williams, she was taken to The Methodist Hospitals' Northlake campus in Gary where she later died.

He said police canvassed the area and developed several leads, which were being followed.

Williams said this appears to be an isolated incident and residents should not be concerned about their safety.

One of Thomas' neighbors, Danny Allen, said he didn't hear a gunshot, but woke up when Portage police arrived. He said he could hear a man crying.

He said he didn't know Thomas well, but spoke to her briefly when they would come and go from their apartments.

He said he did notice a lot of visitors at her apartment.

“She had people running in and out of her house all the time,” Allen said.

Otherwise, he said the apartment complex is quiet.

Staff writer Rob Earnshaw contributed to this report.


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Rob covers urban affairs and other matters in Crown Point, St. John, Winfield and beyond. Previously he covered Valparaiso, Hammond, Gary and East Chicago. He's also written for various magazines and pens a culture blog for The Times.

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