Three Chicago men are in custody after shooting a Hammond resident early Sunday during a robbery attempt, the first shooting of the year, Hammond Police spokesman Lt. Richard Hoyda said.
The victim, 28, had left a family party in his car around 3:15 a.m. He parked his car in front of his house in the 7200 block of Northcote, and told his cousin, who'd followed him home, that he would be fine as they were chatting on the phone, a release said. The cousin then drove away, according to Hoyda.
Seconds later, a black man in a silver-colored SUV with an Illinois license plate pulled up to the driver side door and asked, "Where's the party?" Hoyda said. When the victim asked why the man was asking him that, the suspect pulled a gun on him and said, "Give me everything," the release said. The victim then put his car into drive to leave but heard several gunshots.
He'd been shot in the chest, Hoyda said.
Because the victim was still on the phone with his cousin, he gave him the SUV's license plate number, and the cousin was able to call 911 with the information, Hoyda said. The victim located Hammond Fire personnel at the fire station near 173rd Street and White Oak Avenue, where police found him, the release said. He was then taken to Methodist Hospital's Northlake campus in Gary.
Police located the SUV near 171st Street and Calumet Avenue, Hoyda said. Three men in the SUV were taken into custody, the release said.
Hammond has seen a spate of shootings in the last week. In a 19-hour period, five people were shot in three separate incidents.
In 2015, a Highland teen became the county's first homicide victim after a shooting in Hammond early New Year's Day.
Donnovan Williams, 19, of the 2600 block of 44th Street in Highland, was shot at a house party in the 1200 block of Wilson Place. He died taken to Community Hospital in Munster at 4:03 a.m. of gunshot wounds, according to a news release from the Lake County coroner's office.
Hammond police Chief John Doughty at the time described the situation leading to the shooting as "a house party gone wrong."
Michelle L. Quinn is a freelance reporter for the Post-Tribune.