Sue Dahlen contributed to this report
February 26, 2017-Lake County Coroner Merrilee Frey has confirmed that one person has died in a shooting incident which occurred near Hustle & Joe’s bar in the 1700 block of Grant Street. According to the report, 25 year old Dvontai Wright of the 900 block of 35th Avenue in Griffith was pronounced dead at the scene at 3:25 a.m. Multiple gunshot wounds were noted and the case is being investigated as a homicide.
The shooting came just after closing of the bar Hustle and Joe’s but it is unclear if it is related to the bar. Hustle and Joe’s was named for Joe Jackson of Jackson 5 fame but it is unclear if he is still associated with the establishment. A source, speaking on condition of anonymity, confirmed that 5 people were shot in the incident. EMS were delayed from getting to the scene as Gary police worked to secure the area. Another police source confirmed that Gary police discharged their service revolvers during the incident. According to the source, none of the victims were struck by gunfire from officers.
Gary Police have not yet issued a report regarding the incident. We will update this report as additional information is obtained. Please Like us on Facebook and Follow us on Twitter for the latest news.