Driver charged in Hammond homicide

Police still looking for man who pulled trigger Sunday on 170th Place
2000-11-09T00:00:00Z Driver charged in Hammond homicide
November 09, 2000 12:00 am

HAMMOND -- An argument that led to a murder early Sunday has resulted in charges being filed against one of the men involved, although police said the shooter remains at large.

Thursday, the Lake County prosecutor's office approved five charges against Eugene Henry Wooden Jr. He is charged with one count of murder, two counts of attempted murder and two counts of battery, according to Hammond Police.

Wooden was the driver of a car parked in front of a house in the 1300 block of 170th Place early Sunday.

Wooden and another unidentified man were sitting in the car when

an argument broke out between Dontell D. Toney and his girlfriend, Shannon Krause. During the argument, the passenger in Wooden's car exited the vehicle and opened fire, wounding Toney in the leg and killing Willie Cobb, 29, of the 5000 block of Gladiola Street in East Chicago, an acquaintance of Toney's. The shooter, identified only as a black male aged 20 to 30, is still at large.

Hammond police said they are still looking for the shooter but were pleased that the charges against Wooden were accepted.

"He was an associate of the shooter. He was with the shooter. He drove the shooter away from the scene, and the shooter is still at large," said Chris Matonovich, information officer for the Hammond Police Department. "That makes this person guilty of this crime, also."

Wooden was being transported to Lake County Jail on Wednesday afternoon, Matonovich said.

"Obviously, we want the shooter, who is the person who pulled the trigger on the gun and killed this person," Matonovich said. "Our goal is to get that person in custody."

On the eve of a large town meeting at the Hammond Career Center tonight, which will discuss the recent murders in the city, Matonovich said this development was solid progress on the case.

"We have one suspect in custody. Hopefully we can obtain the other individual soon, get him off the streets and in custody to answer to the charges that are against him," Matonovich said.

Tom Alexander can be reached at or at (219) 933-3267.

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