Man fatally shot on East Merry in Hammond

Gatlin

Michael Otkins II, 20, of Tickfaw, was fatally shot Friday in the 800 block of East Merry Street in Hammond, and a city spokesperson said police detectives have obtained an arrest warrant for Kareem Gatlin.

Gatlin is wanted on charges of second-degree murder, obstruction of justice, illegal discharge of a firearm, aggravated obstruction of a roadway and aggravated criminal damage to property, authorities said.

Authorities located Otkins in a vehicle with a gunshot wound to the upper body Friday about 5 p.m. Medics took him to North Oaks, where he died.

Contact Detective Chase Zaffuto at 985-277-5740 or zaffuto_cb@hammond.org or Detective Ronney Domiano at 985-277-5739 or domiano_rj@hammond.org to provide any information. Or call Crime Stoppers of Tangipahoa's anonymous tip line at 1-800-554-JAIL (5245).

The 800 block of East Merry is in Hammond's Iowa District two blocks west of Range Road.  

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