A 13-year-old boy was shot and killed Friday evening in Gary by a neighbor who was upset about his house being burglarized and became enraged when the teen laughed at him, according to police.
Kobe Jones died of multiple gunshot wounds near his home in the 1000 block of Polk Street and was pronounced dead at the scene at 6:31 p.m., the Lake County coroner’s office reported.
A suspect is in custody and the residents on the block who know the connection aren’t talking.
“We know there were a lot of people out there when he was ranting and raving, but no one wants to tell us what they saw,” a frustrated investigations Cmdr. Del Stout said Saturday.
Without eyewitnesses who can connect the suspect to the shooting death of Jones, the boy’s 30-year-old neighbor may go free.
Detective Cpl. James Nielsen said police answered an alarm at the suspect’s home, also in the 1000 block of Polk Street, about 12:30 p.m. Friday.
Less than two hours later, the man and his 32-year-old girlfriend returned to their home and discovered the break-in, Nielsen said.
“He started then, up and down the street, knocking on doors and wanting to know who broke into his home,” Nielsen said. This continued on and off until shortly before 5 p.m., when Jones, who was sitting on his own front porch, was shot several times.