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Man killed, another wounded in East Chicago shooting

4900 block of Kennedy Avenue in East Chicago, Indiana | Google Maps

One man was killed and another was injured in a shooting late Saturday night in northwest Indiana.

Authorities were called at 11:37 p.m. for reports of shots fired in the 4900 block of Kennedy Avenue in East Chicago, Indiana, according to a statement from East Chicago police. Responding officers spotted “a large group of individuals” running away from a nearby gas station.

Brian Thomas, 30, was found lying on the ground with a gunshot wound to the chest, according to police and the Lake County Coroner’s Office. Thomas, who lived in Hammond, Indiana, was taken to St. Catherine Hospital in Hammond, where he died at 12:09 a.m. Sunday.

A 23-year-old East Chicago man was also injured in the shooting, police said. He was also taken to St. Catherine for treatment.

Multiple people were taken to the East Chicago Police Department for questioning and four guns were recovered and “placed into evidence,” police said. The people questioned were later released “pending further investigation.”

Anyone with information, still photos or video footage related to the shooting was asked to call Det. Miguel Pena at (219) 391-8318 or submit an anonymous tip to (219) 391-8500.