Johnny Peluyera

(Meredith) — A 16-year-old Indiana boy was killed while accompanying his father to sell an Xbox to an online buyer.

The teen, identified as Johnny Peluyera, was in the passenger seat of his father's car when he was shot Wednesday in Gary, according to police. 

His dad had arranged to sell the Xbox to someone who had connected with him online, the Post-Tribune of Northwest Indiana reported.

Peluyera was pronounced dead at the scene.

His mother, Kelly Arroyo, told WGN-TV that her son was a great kid who loved cars and video games.

“I just completely don’t understand,” she said. “I don’t understand how somebody, over an Xbox, can take somebody’s life.”

No arrests have been made, as police continue to search for two male suspects who are believed to be in their late teens or early 20s. Police did not provide a detailed description of the suspects, but said one was wearing a black hoodie while the other was wearing a gray hoodie. Both had on basketball shorts.

Anyone with information on the case can contact Detective Mike Equihua of the Lake/Gary Metro Homicide Unit at 219-755-3852 or 866-274-6347.

The Gary Police Department also advised online sellers and buyers to meet at a police station or a public place to complete a transaction.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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