Indiana man killed during his birthday party

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HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) — Police in northwestern Indiana say a man was fatally shot after breaking up a fight during his own birthday party.

Hammond police say the suspected shooter in Saturday night’s death of 44-year-old Lonnie Williams was arrested Sunday morning by state police at an Interstate 65 rest area near Lebanon in central Indiana.

Hammond police Lt. Richard Hoyda tells The Times of Munster that witnesses told investigators that the suspected gunman and another man got into a fight during the party at Williams’ home. Williams broke up the fight and told both men to leave.

Hoyda says the gunman later returned and opened fire, wounding Williams. He was pronounced dead a short time later at a hospital.

Hoyda said charges were pending against the suspected gunman. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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