MERRILLVILLE — Police say an Indianapolis man confessed to a shooting Tuesday after he was allegedly caught hiding in an attic with a juvenile accomplice and a stolen jar of narcotics. 

Charles Manyfield, 20, formerly of Merrillville, is being held at Lake County Jail on probable cause charges of attempted murder, police said. 

Police were dispatched at 4:42 p.m. to the 5700 block of Van Buren Street for a report of a gunshot wound, Merrillville police said in a news release. 

The victim, who suffered a bullet wound to the back, was treated and released from the hospital.

Footprints in the snow led police to a nearby residence in the 5700 block of Jackson Street, where the suspects allegedly fled, police said. 

As a K-9 officer and police dog entered the home, the suspects climbed up into the attic, police said. 

Police say they were ordered to come down from the attic and surrendered without further incident. 

The homeowner gave police permission to search the attic, where they found a handgun and a jar full of narcotic pills, the release stated.

A juvenile, who had a warrant out for his arrest in Gary, is also being charged in connection with the shooting and robbery. 

Manyfield allegedly admitted he attempted to rob two men when the shooting occurred, police said.

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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.