GARY, INDIANA— Johnny Peluyera, 16 was shot dead while trying to sell his Xbox game system on 51st Avenue and Maryland Street, when two men opened fire during the exchanged shooting Peluyera in the back as he took off running. The teen’s father called 911 as he witness the incident in the car Thursday, June 13.
According to police reports the sixteen-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene from gunshot injuries. His father was uninjured.
“He was a wonderful kid who loved video games and cars, he had just gotten his license and was about to get his own Transportation,”said Kelly Arroyo mother of the victim in a interview to reporters.
“Peluyera would have been a senior at Merrillville High School in the fall.” She added.
Police reports indicates the teen and his father drove from Merrillville to Gary to meet the buyers after listing the product on “Offer Up” a sellers app.
The assailants have been described as two African American men in their 20s wearing black and gray hoodies and basketball shorts.
Canyon News reach out to Detective Mike Equihua of the Lake/Gary Metro Homicide Unit Monday, June 17. “The teen was with his father during the Xbox exchanged, its an ongoing investigation, new details have not been found.”
Anyone with information please contact Lake/Gary Metro Homicide Unit 219-755-3852 or the crime tip line at 866-274-6347.