-Sue Dahlen contributed to this report
February 22, 2017-Lake County Coroner Merrilee Frey has confirmed that a Gary man was shot to death early this morning. According to the report, Coroner Investigators were called to the 2600 block of Delaware Street at 4:19 a.m. on February 22, 2017. Upon arrival, Investigators pronounced 37 year old Jimmie D. Spates of the 300 block of Elkhart St. Gary, dead at the scene. Multiple gun shot wounds were noted and the case is being investigated as a homicide. Gary police have not yet issued a statement on the homicide.
UPDATE: Gary Police Spokesperson, Lt. Dawn Westerfield issued a statement saying Gary Police were dispatched to the 2600 block of Delaware Street at 3:43 am. “Upon officers arrival a vehicle was located and a male was discovered inside with what appeared to be a gun shot wound. The male was declared deceased on scene by the Lake County Coroner’s Office.”
Anyone with information regarding the incident should contact Detective Alexander Jones or Corporal Edward Gonzalez of the Lake County Metro Homicide Unit at 219-755-3855. Residents can also report any information anonymously online at The Northwest Indiana Major Crimes Submit-A-Tip website-http://www.nwimajorcrimes.com/form__map