DePree Mims, 14, of Merrillville, killed in fatal shooting in case of mistaken identity, police say

Police: Man ordered man to open fire on house

CROWN POINT, Ind. - The fatal shooting of a 14-year-old boy in his home appears to be a case of mistaken identity, police in northwestern Indiana said.

In a probable cause affidavit, Merrillville detectives said 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.

Three men and a 16-year-old youth in custody all are charged with murder and criminal gang activity.

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