Indiana National Guard 'deeply saddened' by teen's shooting death
By SARAH REESE | The Times (Munster, Ind.) | Published: May 14, 2019
GARY, Ind. (Tribune News Service) — An 18-year-old high school student shot to death on Saturday will receive military funeral honors, the Indiana National Guard said.
Pvt. Tory L. Height II, of Gary, was a Recruit Sustainment Program soldier, had completed basic training and was awaiting advanced individual training at a later date, said Caitie Sweet, a spokeswoman for the Indiana National Guard.
Height had received the Army Service Ribbon and the National Defense Service Ribbon, she said.
"We are deeply saddened by the death of one of our soldiers," Sweet said. "An incident of this nature should never occur on home soil."
Gary police found Height suffering from a gunshot wound in the area of 19th Avenue and Hovey Place while investigating an earlier shooting involving another 18-year-old, Cmdr. Jack Hamady said.
According to a news release from the Lake County Coroner, Height died from multiple gunshot wounds.
Police initially were dispatched about 11:40 p.m. Friday to West 20th Avenue for a report of a gunshot victim, Hamady said.
That victim told police he had been walking in the area of 19th and Hovey when a black SUV approached and someone in it began shooting, Hamady said.
The man fled to a home on 20th Avenue. Medics with the Gary Fire Department took him to a local hospital for treatment, police said.
Police began searching near 19th and Hovey and found Height lying on the ground near a wooded area, Hamady said.
Police briefly talked with Height before he lost consciousness and died at the scene, he said.
Hamady said Height was a senior at West Side High School.
Chelsea Whittington, a spokeswoman for Gary Community School Corp., declined to confirm where Height attended school.
An Indiana National Guard casualty assistance officer will work with Height's mother and other family members to ensure their immediate needs are being met, assist with any funeral and memorial arrangements and help with the benefits and claims to which the family may be entitled, Sweet said.
Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Detective Kris Adams, of the Lake County/Gary Metro Homicide Unit, at 219-755-3855. To remain anonymous, call 866-CRIME-GP.