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Authorities investigate fatal shooting of 16-year-old boy in Gary

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Authorities are investigating the fatal shooting of a 16-year-old boy that also left a man injured Thursday evening in northwest Indiana.

Officers were called at 6:24 p.m. for reports of a person shot in the 400 block of Huntington Street, according to Gary police. They arrived to find a 20-year-old East Chicago man on the ground with multiple gunshot wounds.

The man told them he couldn’t find his friend, who had been in a vehicle with him, police said. The man was then taken to a hospital for treatment.

Officers searched the area and found 16-year-old Diego Serna between two vehicles, police and the Lake County coroner’s office said. Serna, who lived in Hammond, “showed no signs of life” and was pronounced dead at the scene at 7:20 p.m.

Preliminary autopsy results showed his cause of death to be a gunshot wound, and his death is being investigated as a homicide, according to the coroner’s office.

Anyone with information should call Det. Cpl. James Bond of the Lake County/Gary Metro Homicide Unit at (219) 755-3855.