Criminal Justice

Weekend Shootings Leave One Murder, More Victims

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August 5, 2013 — A series of weekend shootings is leaving a murder investigation for East Chicago police today.

The Lake County Coroners Office says its staff dispatched at 3:00 a.m. yesterday 3832 Euclid Avenue in East Chicago where they found 34-year-old Glen Patterson shot multiple times at his residence, pronouncing him dead at 3:35 a.m.

East Chicago Police Chief Mark Becker says his officers responded to reports of a shooting around 1:35 a.m. at Patterson’s address, also known as Glenn Spates, who was shot in the face and the elbow. He says the police investigation found another shooting victim in the 3900 block of Drummond, identified as 34-year-old East Chicago man Geray C. Campbell, shot in the hand and the hip.

Becker says investigators believe both men were shot inside Patterson’s residence by unknown suspects.

Chief Becker notes that the shootings were among others during the weekend. He says that Saturday at 11:15 p.m. officers responded to a report of a shooting in the 3900 block of Drummond where multiple rounds fired left two gunshot victims at that scene, identified as 21-year-old Ronnie Riley of East Chicago and 22-year-old Robert Billington of Chicago, Illinois. Becker says they were treated at St. Catherine’s Hospital in East Chicago, Riley for gunshot wounds to his stomach and Billington for a “graze” type wound.

East Chicago police say that shortly thereafter a third gunshot victim was located at Methodist Hospital in Gary. Police say 24-year-old Austin Earl Williams of Gary was shot multiple times and transported to Gary. Chief Becker says, “Investigators were initially told conflicting stories, but now believe that Williams was shot in the 3900 block of Drummond as well and then transported to Gary. Detectives have a person of interest that they are pursuing in connection with this shooting. There is no further information available at this time.”

He invites anyone with information regarding these events to contact Detective Maurice Phillips at (219) 391-8306 or they may contact our tip line at (219) 391-8500.


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