Gary man dies after being shot near East Chicago courthouse

EAST CHICAGO — A 35-year-old Gary man died on the 4th of July after being shot in the stomach near the Lake Superior Court building in East Chicago, police said.

According to East Chicago police, Jerome Scott was standing next to a vehicle speaking to someone seated inside the vehicle around 10:30 p.m. Thursday when a single gunshot was fired and the vehicle drove away.

Officers found Scott near the entrance to the superior court building in the 3700 block of Main Street suffering a gunshot wound to the stomach and immediately called for paramedics, police said.

Cook County Medical Examiner records show Scott was transported to the University of Chicago hospital for treatment where he died at 11:58 p.m. Thursday.

Scott’s death is being investigated by the Lake County Homicide Task Force, police said.

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Anyone with information on the shooting is encouraged to call the East Chicago Police Criminal Investigation Division at 219-391-8318, or leave an anonymous tip by calling the police department tip line at 219-391-8500.