Man killed, another injured in Gary shooting at Happy Tire Shop: police

ByRavi Baichwal and ABC7 Chicago Digital Team via WLS logo
Tuesday, August 30, 2022
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Police said an officer was flagged down by an individual, who said there was an active shooter at the business.

GARY, Ind. (WLS) -- Gary police are looking for a gunman after a deadly shooting at a business Monday.

A 47-year-old East Chicago man was killed at the Happy Tire Shop on Ridge Road. Another Valparaiso man was shot in his leg.

The 47-year-old store owner, who sources said is Said Saad, died in what police believe was a robbery attempt.

Police said an officer was flagged down just before 5 p.m. in the 1400-block of East Ridge Road by an individual who said there was an active shooter at the shop.

Emergency crews responded to the location and found the two men who had been shot.

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The Valparaiso man was taken to Methodist Hospital for his wound.

People who knew Saad described him as a community-first guy.

"He was a cool dude, cool business owner, he would give you the shirt off his back man," said Gary resident Brent Hill. "He was a good guy."

Gary Mayor Jerome Prince said he had the pleasure to meet Saad in the early part of his administration, and said that along with a great personality, he was a wonderful businessman and someone who's contributed greatly to the Gary community.

Police said they have no one in custody, released a description of the suspect.

The male suspect is described as approximately 5 feet, 10 inches tall, with a thin build.

He is armed and dangerous and drove away in a dark-colored sedan vehicle, police said.

Anyone with information should contact Lake County Metro Homicide at 219-755-3855 or 1-866-CRIME GP.