Teen shot to death on Karwick
MICHIGAN CITY – An 18-year-old Michigan City man was shot to death Tuesday afternoon on the east side, and the gunman remains at-large, causing two area schools to be placed on lockdown.
Michigan City Police responded about 12:53 p.m. to a 911 call of multiple gunshots fired in the 200 block of Karwick Road.
Witnesses told officers the victim was taken in a private vehicle to Franciscan Health Michigan City, and the suspect ran away, according to a statement from police.
The victim, Dareon Brown, was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital, according to police.
The suspect remains at large, but “with the assistance of witness statements, officers are actively pursuing the whereabouts of the suspect,” according to Sgt. Chris Yagelski.
Due to the proximity to nearby schools, the Michigan City Area Schools were notified of the incident and that the suspect remained at-large.
“Krueger Middle School and Niemann (Pre-K and Head Start) were placed on lockdown Tuesday afternoon,” MCAS spokeswoman Betsy Kohn said.
“Entrances were secured, however classes proceeded as usual. Based on guidance from MCPD, we dismissed school as usual (Krueger at 2:15 p.m. and Niemann at 3:30 p.m.), Kohn said. “Additional police were present to support dismissal, and after-school activities took place as usual.”
She said the victim had attended MCAS schools in the past, but was not a graduate.
Residents of the area said there remained a strong police presence in the area into Tuesday evening, with armed officers and MCPD vans cordoning off an area bounded by Karwick Road, Martin Luther King Drive, Odell Street and Tryon Road.
Traffic was diverted from the area, a resident said.
Chief Mark Swistek said he was “saddened with this tragic incident” and is encouraging anyone with information or knowledge to call the Crime Tip Hotline at (219) 873-1488, or Lead Detective Arwen LaMotte at (219) 873-1465, ext. 1081.
“With the help and support of citizens we can continue to have quality investigations that lead to the arrest of criminals in our community,” Swistek said.
MCPD is being assisted in the investigation by Indiana State Police, the La Porte County Sheriff’s Department, Long Beach Police, Trail Creek Police, and the La Porte County Drug Task Force.