CROWN POINT | Prosecutors on Friday charged three Latin Counts gang members with the attempted murder of an alleged rival.
Ricky Aguirre, 18, of Munster, was charged along with Francisco Hernandez, 18, and Martin Hurtado, 19, both of Hammond, with attempted murder, aggravated battery, battery by means of a deadly weapon and battery resulting in serious bodily injury.
According to a probable cause affidavit, Aguirre told police he and Hernandez and Hurtado, all members of the Chicago-based Latin Counts, attended a gang meeting in Chicago before the shooting June 6.
At the meeting, gang members voted it was "his time to put in some work," which Aguirre understood as taking action against a rival gang member, the affidavit states.
After the meeting, Hernandez drove the three men around Hammond "looking for something to do." After Hernandez parked the car about 10:15 p.m. in the 5400 block of Molesberger Place, Aguirre and Hurtado approached a residence where the victim stepped out of the house and gunshots were fired, the affidavit states.
Aguirre and Hurtado ran toward their car and the three men fled toward East Chicago, court records state.
Hernandez told police the men drove around the territories of rival gangs before he parked the car. Aguirre and Hurtado left the car and he heard gunshots.
The affidavit states the investigation revealed the victim, identified as Mark Toney, is a known member of the Latin Kings, a rival to the Latin Counts.
Toney was treated for two gunshots to the stomach and two to the groin.