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CROWN POINT — A 59-year-old man admitted Tuesday he shot and wounded a man and his girlfriend at their Gary home in October 2016.

Edward M. Pointer pleaded guilty Tuesday to two counts of battery committed with a deadly weapon, level five felonies, which are punishable by one to six years in prison. There is no agreement to sentencing in the plea deal, but any prison term ordered in the sentence would be served concurrent for each offense.

Pointer, of Gary, admitted as part of the plea agreement he shot a man and the man's girlfriend, both 45, Oct. 19, 2016, at their home in the 1900 block of Delaware Street.

Pointer allegedly shot the man twice in the chest, and then entered the couple's bedroom and fired three shots at the woman, who was hit in the leg, court records state.

He was arrested March 10 on a warrant for two counts each of attempted murder and battery with a deadly weapon, records state.

The plea agreement was entered Tuesday in Lake Criminal Court before Judge Salvador Vasquez. Deputy Prosecutor David Rooda said his office was unable to notify the victims. He said the victims were “not cooperative,” which explained the plea agreement.

Pointer remains charged in a separate case with possession of cocaine or a narcotic drug and paraphernalia possession. Rooda said prosecution would continue in that case.

Pointer was represented by defense attorney John Maksimovich.

A sentencing hearing is scheduled for April 18.

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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.