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Lansing man charged with fatal stabbing of NW Indiana boy

A south suburban man is facing murder and aggravated battery charges after two teenagers were stabbed — one fatally — Tuesday night in northwest Indiana.

Tyler McAfee, 19, of Lansing, was charged with the felonies on Wednesday in connection with the death of Alton Bradley and the stabbing of a second boy, according to a statement from Cedar Lake police.

Officers were called just after 8:30 p.m. Tuesday to a crash at 142nd Place and Lauerman Street in Cedar Lake, Ind., according to police.

Two vehicles of teens were cruising the streets of Crown Point that night when a third vehicle, driven by McAfee, began following one of the vehicles closely to the point of tailgating, according to a probable cause affidavit.

When the first vehicle stopped to talk to two boys, including Bradley, who were walking a dog along the side of Lauerman Street, the second vehicle came up from behind and struck the first, the affidavit states. The impact caused “substantial” damage to both vehicles, and even caused an airbag to deploy in the third car, which was rear-ended in a chain reaction.

After the crash, witnesses said a fight broke out between the passengers in the car, one of whom shouted being a “King from Gary,” and the two boys who had been walking. Ultimately, the boys, students at Hanover Central High School in Cedar Lake, were stabbed, police said.

Bradley, 17, of unincorporated Hanover Township, was taken to St. Anthony’s Hospital in Crown Point, Ind., where he was pronounced dead in the ER at 9:45 p.m. from a single puncture wound to the chest, the Lake County coroner’s office said.

The second victim, an 18-year-old from Cedar Lake, was taken to Saint Anthony’s, where his condition has stabilized, police said.

McAfee was treated and released from Saint Anthony’s and taken into police custody.

According to the affidavit, McAfee admitted to police that he was driving the car that caused the accident, did have a did get into a fight two victims, who were “kicking and punching him.”

He said he went back to his car and got the knife, was forced to stab them “as they continued their attack,” the affidavit states.

Police said a later search of McAfee’s car yielded a 10-inch, double-edged knife with a 5 1/2-inch blade and a handle wrapped in electrical tape.