Merrillville shooting could be gang related

April 3, 2013 3:21:50 PM PDT
Police in the northwestern Indiana town of Merrillville are speaking about the shooting death of a boy there.

Fourteen-year-old Depree Mims was shot and killed in his home last month.

Police say the killing of the eighth-grader could be gang-related, but they didn't say Mims was the intended target.

Police described Mims as a respectful young boy.

"The family was very protective of Depree. If he wanted to go to church with the family, all eight brothers and sisters would go with him," said a Merrillville Police spokesperson. "He was kind of a sheltered kid."

Four suspects were taken into custody and have been charged with his murder.

Police say they can't remember any other similar shootings in Merrillville.