Boy, 13, shot to death at Gary home

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A 13-year-old boy was shot and killed in Gary, and the police were holding a neighbor Saturday they said was upset about his house being burglarized and became enraged and started shooting when the teen laughed at him.

The 30-year-old neighbor was in custody Saturday in Friday night’s shooting death of Kobe Jones.

But the police said witnesses wren’t talking, and, as a result, they feared the suspect might go free.

“We know there were a lot of people out there when he was ranting and raving, but no one wants to tell us what they saw,” Cmdr. Del Stout said Saturday.

Detective Cpl. James Nielsen said police answered an alarm at the suspect’s home in the 1000 block of Polk Street around 12:30 p.m. Friday. Less than two hours later, the man and his 32-year-old girlfriend returned to their home and discovered there’d been a break-in, Nielsen said.

“He started then, up and down the street, knocking on doors and wanting to know who broke in to his home,” Nielsen said.

He said this continued off and on until just before 5 p.m., when Kobe, who was sitting on his front porch, was shot several times. The boy was dead at the scene.

The suspect and his girlfriend immediately left the area but returned about two hours later and were taken into custody, according to Nielsen.

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The shooting happened about 6 p.m. in the 3300 block of West Flournoy Street.