Investigators believe that the fatal shooting of a Portage man on Thursday
may be related to a shooting earlier in the day in Gary.
Around 8 p.m.
Carl Griffith Sr., 72, was returning home from work as a tow truck driver
when he was shot multiple times by a large caliber weapon in front of his
house in the 2700 block of Locust Street, Portage Police said.
He was later
pronounced dead at Porter hospital.
reported seeing “a suspiciously parked dark colored vehicle in the
neighborhood for several hours” before the shooting but did not call the PPD
at the time, Sgt. Keith Hughes said. “The vehicle left the area quickly
after the shooting and a black male subject was seen running to the vehicle
just prior to its leaving the area.”
“have been working diligently around the clock interviewing people and
following leads since the shooting,” PPD Sgt. Keith Hughes said. “Police
don’t believe the shooting death of Mr. Griffith was a random act of
violence in the normally quiet neighborhood.”
Earlier in the
day, Griffith filed a report with Gary Police after being shot at in the
3300 block of Kentucky Street, where he went after receiving a call from a
woman who purportedly wanted to sell her car, Hughes told the Chesterton
Tribune. On arriving at the address, Griffith was approached by a man
who displayed a handgun and fired multiple shots at him before the gun
jammed, Hughes said.
left the scene and filed a report with the GPD.
detectives are currently working in conjunction with Gary detectives,”