4-year-old boy killed, pregnant mother injured after bullets fly into Gary apartment

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GARY, Ind. — A 4-year-old boy was killed and his pregnant mother was injured after someone fired gunshots into their apartment complex in Gary.

The shooting happened around 1 a.m. Monday in the 4300 block of West 23rd Avenue. Police said Tory’on Dukes was shot in the upper torso and chest while sleeping in a second floor bedroom. His 27-year-old mother was shot in the arm and has multiple graze wounds to her face.

Dukes and woman were transported to Methodist Hospital Northlake Campus in Gary, where the 4-year-old was pronounced dead. His mother, who is three-months pregnant, is in stable condition.

Police said it appears the shots were fired from outside the apartment unit.

“The first time I heard three (shots),” neighbor Destiny Cooper said. “And the second time I heard like six."

Police said nearly twenty rounds struck the apartment; hitting the siding, gutters, doors and windows.

Four children and two adults, including the mother's boyfriend, were inside the home when the shooting occurred, according to police.

Neighbors said there was another shooting in this same area of the complex days ago.

“I’m kind of nervous,” Cooper said. “I don’t want to be here no more with my daughter."

Police said the mother’s boyfriend, who was visiting, is cooperating with investigators.

Dukes’ grandmother told WGN the boy’s father had been shot and killed earlier this year. Police have not indicated if that shooting was targeted or random.

No matter who the target was, we lost a 4-year-old, he’s nit breathing no more," community activity Andrew Holmes said. "He should have been squeezed and loved, instead of someone squeezing the trigger and taking that 4-year-old’s life."

The mother is expected to recover.

No one is in custody as detectives continue to collect evidence and conduct interviews. If you have information, please contact Gary police at 219-881-7300

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