UPDATE: 16 year old and 18 year old Killed in Merrillville Shooting

Sue Marie contributed to this report

merrillville double homicide

August 5, 2018-A 16 year old and an 18 year old were pronounced dead at the scene of a shooting early this morning on 79th Place in Merrillville according to Lake County Coroner Merrilee Frey and information derived from the scanner. According to the statement from Coroner Frey, investigators were called to the 3900 block of 79th Place at 2:50 a.m. Upon arrival, two males wer found to have suffered gunshot wounds. Ricky J. Nelson, age 16, of the 3600 block of Pennsylvania Street, Gary suffered multiple gunshot wounds and was pronounced at the scene according to the statement. 18 year old Jamar Harris, of the 3900 block of 79th Place, suffered a single gunshot wound and was pronounced dead at the scene. The case is being investigated as a homicide by Merrillville Police according to the report. Merrillville Police have not released a statement on the incident and generally do not release information regarding crimes in the Town.

According to information derived from the scanner, Merrillville Police were dispatched to the area at approximately 2:16 a.m. Upon arrival officers found 2 individuals that had been shot. Officers noted that two vehicles were on scene. Both gunshot victims were found in one vehicle, the other was unoccupied. Both vehicles had windows shot out. Officers notified local hospitals to be on the lookout for walk-in gunshot victims.


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