Northwestern Indiana police say the fatal shooting of a 14-year-old in his home appears to be a case of mistaken identity.
Merrillville detectives say in a probable cause affidavit that one of the three men arrested in connection with the shooting of 14-year-old DePree Mims was angry after being shot by a person known as "J'' and directed another man to fire into the home from outside from outside as part of a gang initiation. Mims died at a Chicago hospital Friday two days after being shot.
The Post-Tribune quotes Detective Cmdr. Robert Wiley as saying Wednesday that Mims' neighborhood isn't known for gang activity but police have stepped up patrols there.
Police charged 18-year-old Kevin Brown, 22-year-old Anthony Addison, 21-year-old Joshua Addison and a 16-year-old youth, all of Merrillville, with murder and criminal gang activity. It wasn't immediately clear if they had attorneys.
The affidavit states Brown confessed to the shooting and the youth said Brown wanted to join a gang the other two men belong to. The Addisons denied involvement, saying they were with their father.
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