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Jonathan Miano, The Times

A 23-year-old Gary man was sentenced to four years in prison on Thursday for shooting and injuring a woman and pointing a gun at a home where children had just finished an Easter egg hunt, court records show. 

Montrel Douglas Patterson pleaded guilty this week to one count of criminal recklessness, and in exchange, prosecutors dropped two counts of stalking, seven counts of criminal recklessness, and four counts of pointing a firearm, according to Lake Criminal Court records.  

Police responded about 6:40 p.m. April 16 to the 5000 block of Maryland Street for a report of a gunshot wound victim, court records show. A woman inside the home had been shot in the leg and was bleeding. 

The victim told police she was "sitting on the couch in the living room near the front door entrance when someone yelled 'He got a gun!'" records show. 

She then heard several loud gun shots as she tried to run into another room for safety. She was transported to the hospital for treatment. 

A woman told police one of her children's father was responsible for the shooting and she had an active restraining order against him, records show. 

She said at about 6:40 p.m., she saw Patterson riding his bicycle in the neighborhood, holding a black handgun, the affidavit states. 

Patterson yelled something, raised the handgun and aimed it at their house and front porch and yard, where 10 children were located "because they had just had an Easter egg hunt," the woman told police, according to records. 

The woman's boyfriend began "grabbing and shielding the children," as Patterson fired shots, records show. Everyone ran inside the house.

As part of his sentencing agreement, Patterson will serve some of his sentence in the Lake County Community Transition Court program. 


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Lauren covers breaking news, crime and courts for The Times. She previously worked at The Herald-News in Joliet covering government, public policy, and the region’s heroin epidemic. She holds a master’s degree in Public Affairs Reporting.