CROWN POINT | A Robbins, Ill., man and several of his family members were fighting other people last week in East Chicago when the man shot one of those people in the hand and wrist, officials said.
Jerry Andre Cook, 23, was charged in Lake Criminal Court with battery by means of a deadly weapon, battery causing serious bodily injury and criminal recklessness causing serious bodily injury.
Cook was arrested June 17, the same day as the shooting between 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. in the 3500 block of Guthrie Street, police said.
The East Chicago man who was shot told police his sister was fighting someone and he became involved in the altercation, according to a probable cause affidavit.
Cook joined the fight, and so did the East Chicago man's brother and cousin, the affidavit says.
Shortly afterward, the man heard shots fired and started running. The man then realized a bullet had gone through his hand and into his wrist, court records state.
The man initially sough treatment at St. Catherine Hospital but was later taken to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, Ill., the affidavit stated.