14-year-old killed by stray bullet in Gary; Police seek gunman

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GARY, Ind. — A 14-year-old boy was killed by a stray bullet in Gary, Indiana Thursday, according to police.

Arion Lilly, 9th grade graduation photo
Arion Lilly, 8th grade graduation photo

Police said the Arion Lilly was fatally shot in the 2500 block of West 11th Avenue around 4 p.m.

The Chicago Tribune reports the bullet came from two vehicles involved in a chase.

Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson told WGN News the boy was near his home at the time of the shooting.

The boy’s mother Cheryl Freeman said he was leaving the barber shop when he was shot.

The Tribune reports police are seeking the public’s help in identifying the driver of a car involved. It is described as a red sedan with tinted windows, a rear spoiler and a dent on the rear passenger side.

Freeman said her son was set to graduate 8th grade on June 5.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Detective Cpl. James Bond of the Lake/Gary Metro Homicide Unit at 219-755-3852 or 866-274-6347.


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