Johnny Peluyera shot over xbox

Johnny Peluyera of Merrillville was shot June 12 after he and his father arranged to sell the gaming console to someone he met on an online app. (Image source: Associated Press)

GARY, Ind. (AP) -- Authorities in northwest Indiana say two people have been arrested in connection with the shooting death of a 16-year-old who was attempting to sell an Xbox.

Lake County Sheriff Oscar Martinez tells the Post-Tribune a 17-year-old and 18-year-old were taken into custody Wednesday after the office's tactical unit executed search warrants at two homes, one in Gary and one in Crown Point. Martinez adds the two are being held in the Lake County jail.

Gary officials previously said that Johnny Peluyera of Merrillville was shot June 12 after he and his father arranged to sell the gaming console to someone who had contacted them online.

Martinez says authorities will seek to charge the 17-year-old as an adult.

Police in Louisville set up MetroSWAP Zones in 2018 at some police stations in Louisville and Jefferson County in an effort to reduce crimes that happen when online sellers and buyers meet in public. The new zones, which can be found at LMPD's 2nd, 3rd, 7th and 8th Divisions, were created as safe spaces to exchange goods being bought and sold online or through apps.  

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