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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Reward Notice

Contact: Kimberly Nerheim, Public Information Officer
For Immediate Release
Friday, October 23, 2020

ATF Offering $5,000 Reward for Information Regarding Shooting of 8 Year Old Girl in East Chicago, Indiana

CHICAGO— The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Merrillville Field Office and the East Chicago, Indiana Police Department are seeking the public’s help in identifying individuals responsible for a shooting in the 4500 block of Magoun Avenue. An 8-year old girl was shot in the head by a stray bullet Thursday night at approximately 10:00pm. It is not believed she was the intended target. ATF is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest of the person(s) responsible. ATF is working collaboratively on the investigation with the East Chicago Police Department.

People with information regarding the identity and/or whereabouts of these individuals are urged to contact ATF at 1-888-ATF-TIPS (283-8477),, or submit an anonymous tip through the “ReportIt” app, available on Google Play and the Apple App Store. When reporting, be sure to include as many details as possible and contact information for potential follow up if a reward is sought. Persons with information may also contact the East Chicago Police Department Detectives at (219) 391-8318 or the anonymous tip line at (219) 291-8500.

“The public’s assistance is imperative in identifying those responsible for this heinous crime,” said ATF Special Agent in Charge Kristen de Tineo of the Chicago Field Division. “We are dedicated to working closely with the East Chicago Police Department and the community and will follow every lead until justice is served.”

ATF protects the public from crimes involving firearms, explosives, arson, and the diversion of alcohol and tobacco products; regulates lawful commerce in firearms and explosives; and provides worldwide support to law enforcement, public safety, and industry partners. More information about ATF and its programs is available at


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