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13-Year-Old Indiana Boy Fatally Shot While Trick-Or-Treating With Friends

A Gary, Indiana, man has been charged in the fatal shooting of a 13-year-old boy celebrating Halloween in Hammond located northwest of the Hoosier state. 

Desmond Crews, 23, fired shots at a group of teenage trick-or-treaters, killing Thomas DeLaCruz Jr., and wounding another, according to the New York Post.

DeLaCruz’s mother, Jasmine Anderson, said that her son was just “being a kid out with his aunt trick-or-treating, walking with a group of kids, and some ignorant, sick person decided to shoot at kids.”

One of the trick-or-treaters explained to police that he and an unidentified man exchanged words prior to the shooting. The suspect threatened to get a gun and shoot the group of teens. Around 7:30 p.m. the night of Halloween, Crews opened fire on the group, according to court documents.

Court records also revealed that the teens later saw a car occupying up to six people staring at them after the exchange. Once out of the vehicle, the gunman took a “shooting stance” before firing bullets at the group, ABCNews reports.

Crews not only admitted to being inside of the vehicle with the other suspects, but that the people in the car provided him a gun. Once he opened fire, he witnessed one of the teens fall to the ground. However, records detail that Crews thought he had fired bullets above their heads.

A father of one of the teens pursued Crews down to detain him until officers arrived. The weapon and ammunition were later found in a storage barrel.

The Hammond Police Department says the teen that was wounded was shot in the leg, and has since been released from hospital care. 

As for the other suspects, police said they are being investigated.

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