Police Receive Conflicting Stories in Triple Shooting

Lowell, IL man, Gillman, IL man reported being shot during a robbery attempt at a gas station. Hammond man reported being shot during a marijuana transaction and Concord Village Apartments. Police believe the incidents are related

March 21, 2017-Gary Police say one man told them a triple shooting resulted from a marijuana deal gone bad, while two others reported that someone tried to rob them and shot them. Police believe the two incidents are related according to Lt. Thomas Pawlak. Police were first notified of a double shooting in the 6200 block of W. 15th Avenue. The call came in at 6:44 pm and upon arrival “Gary Officers discovered two males in a Grey Chevy Malibu both suffering from gunshot wounds. The driver, Joseph Einsele, age 25, of Lowell Indiana was shot once in the chest and the passenger Manuel Delgado, age 28, of Gilman Ill was shot once in the arm” according to Lt. Pawlak.

According to Lt. Pawlak, “Delgado stated that Einsele picked him up earlier in Merrillville and came to Gary to drink
at a bar when they stopped at a gas station located at 15th Ave and Clark Rd in Gary. According to Delgado three males approached them and blocked their vehicle from leaving. One individual pulled a gun on them and demanded their money. Delgado
advised they gave the individual $100.00. Einsele, armed with his own gun, pulled out his weapon and according to Delgado everyone started shooting. They then drove off Westbound on 15th Ave and stopped when they felt safe and called 911. Both
individuals were transported to Methodist Hospital Northlake for treatment. Due to the severity of his wounds Einsele was later transported to Loyola Trauma Center in Chicago, Ill for treatment.”

The second shooting report came in “as this incident was developing Gary Police received a call for service around 7:00 pm in the 5300 block of W. 19th Ave in reference to another gunshot victim. As Gary Officers arrived they were advised by a female that her boyfriend, TaJay Gibson, age 19, of Hammond, was shot. Gibson was in the backseat of her vehicle. Officers escorted the vehicle to Methodist Hospital Northlake for treatment. Gibson was shot once in the chest. Gibson was able to advise Detectives that he was shot by two males around 6:30 pm in the parking lot of Concord Apartments, located at 19th Ave and Hanley St. According to Gibson he went to meet these individuals in reference purchasing marijuana. As he approached the vehicle the driver shot him.”

Both incidents are believe to be related. Anyone with information on either incident is urged to contact Sgt. Jon Basaldua of the Gary Police Department Violent Crimes Unit at 219-881-1210 or the Crime Tip Line at 866-CRIME-GP.

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