Business and community leader among 2 killed in area shootings | Crime and courts

Norman Bailey

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GARY — Gary businessman and community leader Norman Bailey was among two people killed in two separate shootings in the town early Friday morning, police said.

Bailey, 60, of Gary, was shot shortly before 3 a.m. at the Blue Room Lounge at 224 E. 16th Ave., Gary Police Cmdr. said Jack Hamady.

A 28-year-old Gary injured in the same shooting was later treated for a gunshot wound at the Northlake campus of Methodist Hospitals, police said.

“On behalf of my family and the town of Gary, I send our deepest condolences and prayers for peace and comfort to the family and friends of Norman Bailey, who was tragically and senselessly taken from us early this morning “said Gary Mayor Jerome. A. Prince said in a prepared statement.

“In business, he was a practical leader who showed the best of our Gary community. As a public servant, including his time on the advisory board of Gary Community School Corp., Mr. Bailey showed his heart and love for his neighbors and the children of our town.

“And, on a personal level, I have always looked forward to his warm smile and insightful recommendations on how to make our community a better place. We will all miss him, but I know we will always be grateful for making great memories with Mr. Bailey.

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