GARY — Police continued searching Saturday for suspects in the stray-bullet shooting death of a 14-year-old boy.
“An innocent 14-year-old boy has lost his life over a senseless shooting,” Gary police Cmdr. Jack Hamady said.
At 4 p.m. Thursday, police found the boy, Arion Lilly, of Gary, dead on the ground near a vacant lot in the 1100 block of Rutledge Street, Hamady said.
The boy's mother was going to report him missing Saturday, but community members told her about the shooting, advising that she should contact the Lake County Coroner's Office or the police, Hamady said.
The 14-year-old's death marks the 21st homicide in the city, according to police and death records.
Police said the boy was an innocent victim.
Video surveillance showed the 14-year-old was walking down the street and was hit by a stray bullet from one of the vehicles involved in the shooting, police said.
Witnesses told police people in one car were shooting at a second car during a chase Thursday shortly before officers arrived to find the child dead.
Both cars were seen in the area of Rutledge and Ellsworth streets, police reported. One vehicle was described as a four-door, red vehicle with tinted windows, a spoiler on the back end and with a dent on the rear passenger side.
“We are asking the public to please take a look at the picture and help identify the owner/driver of this vehicle,” Hamady said.
Anyone with information is urged to call 911 or Det. James Bond at Lake County Metro Homicide at 219-755-3855. People can also leave anonymous tips by calling 1-866-Crime-GP.