3-year-old child shot in Gary

 A 3-year-old boy was hospitalized after being shot several times early Wednesday in northwest Indiana.

Officers responded about 2:45 a.m. for a child shot three times in the 1700 block of East 7th Avenue in Gary, according to Gary police spokeswoman Dawn Westerfield.

The child was taken to a hospital by ambulance for emergency treatment, she said.


The mother of the child was at work when the incident occurred, Westerfield said. The caretaker who was at home with the child was being questioned by police.

In a statement, Chief Brian Evans said the shooting of an innocent child is the department’s highest priority.

"Gary Police Department investigators are diligently pursuing information related to the shooting of a 3-year-old boy early this morning in Gary. The community can rest assured the Gary Police Department is dedicating the full weight of our resources to the investigation and determining exactly how this child came to be shot," Evans said.

Anyone with information was urged to call the Gary detectives at 219-881-1210 or the Crime Tip Line at 866-CRIME-GP.

Police did not release the condition of the child or details about the circumstances of the shooting.

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