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One Dead, One Wounded in Gunfire Exchange

(Michigan City, IN) - A man died from his wounds while another man was seriously hurt following a gunfire exchange in Michigan City.


A 17-year-old boy also accused of participating in the incident is being detained while prosecutors decide how to proceed with the case.


Those are the details just released by authorities in connection with the shootings that occurred at about 7 p.m. on Monday.


According to police, the investigation shows both shooting victims were 22 and involved in an altercation at 8th and Spring Street when gunfire erupted.


A video of what appeared to be a gun battle depicted 20 or more shots being fired, in addition to one of the men falling to the pavement after returing fire. 


One of the injured men was found unconscious after leaving in his vehicle and crashing about three blocks away, later dying at the hospital. La Porte County Coroner Lynn Swanson has identified the victim as being Charles Garrett Cox of Michigan City.


She said an autopsy of the body is scheduled this morning.


The other man found at the scene of the shootings, whose name has not been released to the public, was later transferred to another hospital for advanced care.


According to police, the juvenile was present during the exchange and also fired shots. He is curently being held at the La Porte County Juvenile Services Center while the La Porte County Prosecutor’s Office reviews the evidence and decides upon formal charges.

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