Ind. teen's shooting death part of gang initiation, four charged

CROWN POINT, Ind. Four people have been charged with murder and criminal gang activity in connection with the shooting death of a 14-year-old boy in Indiana last week, reports CBS Chicago.

Kevin Dale Brown, 18; Matthew Knight, 16; and Anthony Paul Addison Jr., 22, and Joshua Nathaniel Addison, 21, were charged Saturday in Lake Superior Court in the death of Depree Mims.

Kevin Dale Brown, from left clockwise; Joshua Nathaniel Addison; Anthony Paul Addison Jr. and Matthew Knight.
Kevin Dale Brown, from left clockwise; Joshua Nathaniel Addison; Anthony Paul Addison Jr. and Matthew Knight. Lake County, Ind. Sheriff

Mims was shot in the head on March 27th at his home. The teen was hit by one of six gunshots fired at the home as he and his family were settling in to watch a movie in the living room.

Mims' mother had asked Depree to get another blanket for the other children.

As he stood up to get the blanket, the teen's mother said she heard a loud bang from the front window and saw her son on the floor on front of the TV, bleeding from the head.

Depree Mims was taken to Methodist Hospitals Southlake Campus. He died Friday night at University of Chicago Hospital.

A witness told police the shooting was a gang initiation.

Brown wanted to join the gang that the Addison brothers belonged to, authorities allege.

Joshua Addison directed Brown to shoot into the house as part of a gang initiation, the probable cause affidavit states.

The brothers picked up Knight and Brown, drove to Mims' house and Brown fired several shots into the home before they fled in a Chevrolet Monte Carlo to the Addison residence, court records state.

Members of the Northwest Regional SWAT team executed the search warrant at the Addison residence and arrested the Addison brothers and third person, who was later released.

All three denied involvement in the case.

The Addison brothers told police they were at their father's house around the time of the shooting.

A witness contacted Merrillville police and said that Brown told the witness, "me and my friends just shot and killed a kid yesterday," the probable cause affidavit states.

When asked where the shooting occurred, Brown pointed toward Marshall Street.

Brown's Facebook account showed him holding what the witness said was a .45-caliber pistol. On Friday, the photo had been removed from Brown's Facebook page.

Police also obtained search warrants for both Brown's and Knight's residences.

Police found six spent shell casings in the street directly in front of the house, a black winter hat in the middle of the lawn, and a key and key chain on the south side of the lawn.