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Jonathan Miano, The Times

CROWN POINT — A 40-year-old man was charged Thursday with attempted murder and attempted battery on allegations he tried shooting a man in the head at a birthday party in Gary.

Johnny Rodriguez is accused of attempting to shoot the partygoer Saturday at a home in the 2400 block of Sherman Street, according to a probable cause affidavit.

The man told police he was at his stepdaughter's house that night to celebrate a friend's birthday, the affidavit states. He said Rodriguez walked up to him while he was sitting in the kitchen and pointed a handgun at his head.

He said he managed to push the handgun out of the way before Rodriguez fired three shots that narrowly missed his face, the affidavit states.

Rodriguez fled the home with the firearm after the shooting, according to the affidavit.

Rodriguez was wanted by police on a warrant Thursday, according to court records. He is not afforded bond.

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Steve covers Lake County courts and social justice issues for The Times. The UW-Milwaukee graduate joined The Times in 2016 after reporting on criminal justice in New Mexico and Wisconsin.