Addison woman, 2 daughters shot during robbery in Hammond
BY TERESA AUCH SCHULZ Sun-Times Media July 27, 2014 5:28PM
Police tape can be found in the alley near 921 Morris where an attempted robbery occurred critically injuring 2 and one other with non-life threatening injuries in Hammond on July 27, 2014. | Jim Karczewski/For Sun-Times Media
Updated: July 27, 2014 10:23PM
HAMMOND, Ind. — A 41-year-old woman from Addison, Illinois, and her two daughters were shot during an attempted robbery Sunday morning in Hammond, police said.
Two men tried to rob the woman, who was in a car with her two daughters — ages 15 and 12 — about 11:20 a.m. in the 900 block of Morris Street, Hammond Police Lt. Rich Hoyda said.
The woman tried to flee in the car, and one of the men fired multiple shots, striking everyone in the car. The woman was able to call for help.
Hoyda said the two girls were taken to an Illinois hospital in critical condition. The mother was taken to a local hospital with injuries that weren’t life-threatening.
The would-be robbers fled, but police didn’t know whether they left on foot or in a vehicle.
The shooting didn’t stop several residents from sitting on their porches Sunday afternoon.
A neighbor, Antonio Otero said he was at church when the shooting happened, but he saw police cars lining his street when he returned. He said he saw a car with a busted window.
He added that his block, just two blocks away from Hammond City Hall and Hammond High School, is normally quiet.
Another neighbor, Frank, who declined to give his last name, said he sometimes hears gunshots but they sound like they’re far away.
“It’s sad that all this mess is happening,” said Frank, who was not at home when the shooting happened. “It shouldn’t be like that. . . . All we can do is pray.”
Hammond police are asking anyone with information about the shooting to call (219) 853-6490.