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HAMMOND — A Hammond man has been charged with multiple felonies, including attempted murder, in an incident that occurred Thursday at Scott Middle School.

Patrick Joseph Ross, 39, of the 7600 block of Golfway Court, is accused of attacking a man with a sledgehammer in the parking lot of the school, according to court records.

A police report stated that Ross broke out the victim's car window with the sledgehammer and struck him a number of times with it. Police said the victim was at the school to pick up a student at the request of the student's mother.

A witness at the scene told Ross he "shouldn't be doing that here," according to court records. Ross told the witness the woman in the car with the victim was the mother of his children, court records state.

An investigation led police to a nearby McDonald's, records state, and there they spoke to the victim, who was in an ambulance while the woman in the car appeared to be under the influence of prescription medicine and passed out.

Police said they located Ross at his Golfway Court address, and he told them he had "beaten someone who was harassing him."

Ross is currently in police custody. 

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Lake County reporter

Rob covers urban affairs and other matters in Crown Point, St. John, Winfield and beyond. Previously he covered Valparaiso, Hammond, Gary and East Chicago. He's also written for various magazines and pens a culture blog for The Times.