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2 arrested on gun charges after police respond to burglary alarm

HIGHLAND — Police arrested three men and two teenage boys — two of whom are accused of carrying guns without a permit — after responding early Tuesday to a burglary alarm at a pawn shop, an official said.
Officers found the five people about 12:15 a.m. in a vehicle parked in an alley behind Highland Pawn, 8929 Indianapolis Blvd., Cmdr. John Banasiak said.
Police checked the building and found no signs of a break-in, he said.
A 21-year-old Chicago man and 17-year-old Chicago teen had handguns on them. One of those handguns had been reported stolen in Chicago, police said.
Highland police planned to seek charges of carrying a handgun without a permit and violation of declaration of emergency order against the 21-year-old, Banasiak said.
The 17-year-old was being held on suspicion of possession of a stolen handgun, carrying a handgun without a permit, false informing and violation of declaration of emergency order.
Three others — including an 18-year-old and 16-year-old from Chicago and a 19-year-old Sheboygan, Wisconsin, man — were arrested on suspicion of violating a declaration of emergency order, police said.
Formal charges were pending acceptance by the Lake County prosecutor's office, Banasiak said.
The couple's friend got out of his car and attempted to talk to Piccolin, who walked to the passenger side of the friend's car and fired a black semi-automatic handgun at the couple, records allege.
Piccolin fled the scene in a car, while the woman fell to the ground and her boyfriend and their friend ran in other directions, documents state.
Gary and Lake County police officers quickly coordinated response efforts and were able to arrest Piccolin during a traffic stop at 21st Avenue and Clark Street, Gary police Cmdr. Jack Hamady said.
"It was a good job by everyone," he said. "Everyone did their part."
Gary police arrived at the shooting scene first and relayed a description of the vehicle Piccolin was in, he said. Detectives with the Lake County sheriff's High Crime Unit made the traffic stop, arrested Piccolin and recovered a gun.
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