A 4-year-old boy died early Thursday after his family woke and found the boy shot in the neck in the living room, according to a news release from police.

Garrion Glover, of East Chicago, was pronounced dead about 3:05 a.m. Thursday after medics rushed the boy to St. Catherine Hospital in East Chicago, the release states.

East Chicago police officers were dispatched at 12:03 a.m. to the 3500 block of Guthrie Street “in reference to an assault with a firearm,” according to the release. Officers were met by the victim’s mother, who said she was asleep in her bedroom with her boyfriend “when they both heard some type of noise coming from the living room,” police said. The mother went to see “what was going on” and “noticed her son lying on the floor bleeding” near the couch, according to police.

Garrion’s uncle said he was sleeping on the couch when he also heard a noise and was awoken by his sister, police said. The uncle said he then saw his nephew lying on the floor next to the couch, the release states.

Someone in the apartment called for medics and police, who took the boy to the hospital, where he was later pronounced dead, according to the release.

An autopsy was being performed on the boy Thursday morning, according to Lake County Chief Deputy Coroner Scott Sefton. While the coroner’s office ruled that the boy had been shot once in the neck, whether his death was accidental or a homicide had not been determined by the coroner’s office or police as of Thursday morning, Sefton said.

Police said that the investigation is ongoing and more information will be released as it becomes available. Anyone with information is asked to call 219-391-8326 or anonymously call a hotline at 219-391-8500.

The shooting occurred at a three-story, brown-brick apartment building that sits in a row of similar-looking buildings along Guthrie Street. By about 10 a.m. Thursday, the scene was quiet as people gathered on the sidewalk, chatting and looking to see what had happened.

The Rev. Cheryl Rivera, director of the Northwest Indiana Federation of Interfaith Organizations, said she is troubled by the violence plaguing the community.

“We have a very serious problem,” she said. “We are very much concerned about the gun violence that’s taken place here in East Chicago.”

Garrion was one of two juveniles who died in East Chicago overnight. Robert Thompson, 15, was declared dead at 11:18 p.m. Wednesday of a gunshot wound to the “head area” at an abandoned apartment in the 1900 block of East Columbus Drive, about a mile south of where Garrion was shot, according to police.

Post-Tribune reporter Javonte Anderson contributed.

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