Lake County Man Dies After Shooting Incident on July 4th


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East Chicago, IN – A 35-year-old Gary man was fatally shot in East Chicago on July 4, 2024. Officers responded to a call at 3600 Superior Court at approximately 10:30 p.m., finding the victim, Jerome Scott, near the entrance with a gunshot wound to the stomach. Medics transported Scott to the University of Chicago Hospital, but he succumbed to his injuries at around 1:25 a.m. on July 5, 2024.

According to the East Chicago Police Department, the preliminary investigation revealed that Scott was speaking with an unknown person in a vehicle when a gunshot was heard. The vehicle fled the scene immediately after the shooting. The Lake County Homicide Task Force is leading the investigation into the incident.

Authorities urge anyone with information regarding this homicide to contact their anonymous tip line at 219-391-8500 or reach out to the Criminal Investigation Division at 219-391-8318.


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