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CROWN POINT — A 19-year-old man told police he was shot in the chest Friday while attempting to buy a vehicle in Gary, according to court documents.

Ammaury L. Stemley, 18, of Gary was charged Wednesday in Lake Criminal Court with attempted robbery resulting in serious bodily injury, attempted armed robbery, aggravated battery, battery by means of a deadly weapon and pointing a firearm.

Police were dispatched for the shooting at 7:20 p.m. in the 1300 block of Whitcomb Street in Gary, documents state.

The man was found by police lying next to the driver's side door of a vehicle with a gunshot wound to the chest. He was transported to Methodist Hospitals Northlake Campus, where doctors said he was stable but in critical condition. 

The man told police Tuesday at the hospital he was shot by Stemley.

He said he met Friday with Stemley, who he knew since middle school, to purchase a vehicle. He said Stemley drove him to the gas station and then back to his house, where Stemley pulled out a handgun and told him to “stop playing,” documents state.

The man said he wrestled with Stemley over the gun, and they ended up outside the vehicle. He said at one point another car drove past, a man got out and fired a couple shots in the air, but the man then left the scene.

He said Stemley managed to turn the gun on him and pull the trigger, documents state. Stemley tried to leave in his vehicle, but the man fought him, causing the vehicle to hit a snow pile and become stuck.

He said Stemley fled the scene on foot.

A warrant was issued Wednesday for Stemley's arrest. He is not afforded bond on the charges.


Courts and social justice reporter

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.