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HAMMOND — A 27-year-old man smiled at a woman he was stalking and displayed a weapon just hours before shooting up the home where she was sleeping earlier this month, according to court documents. 

John Jordan Hennington Jr., of Hammond, faces one count of felony intimidation and five counts of criminal recklessness in connection with the April 1 incident, according to a probable cause affidavit filed in Lake Criminal Court this week. 

The victim told police she was driving at about 11:30 p.m. March 31 near Rhode Avenue and Drackert Street in Hammond when she noticed Hennington, the father of her cousin's children, following her, records state. 

"When she tried to zigzag around vehicles to get away from Hennington, he pursued her. When Hennington pulled up next to her, (he) looked at her, displayed his handgun to her, and smiled, she drove off to try to get away," the affidavit states. 

She allegedly saw Hennington again when she went to a relative's home in the 800 block of Becker Street in Hammond.

A few hours later, at about 2:45 a.m., the victim was awakened by the sound of 4 to 5 gunshots.

"One bullet when through a window and into a wall in the kitchen. Another bullet struck the frame of the black door," records state.

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Four other people were in the home at the time of the shooting. 

Street surveillance footage shows Hennington chasing the victim in her car the night of March 31 on Rhode Avenue, records state. His car is seen on video near the Becker Street home moments after the shooting before it disappears from view. 

A few days before the April 1 incident, Hennington's ex-girlfriend said she was attacked by him, the affidavit states. 

Relatives of Hennington's ex-girlfriend allegedly retaliated by going after him. That resulted in Hennington's father being shot multiple times March 27, court records show. 

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Northlake County Reporter

Lauren covers North Lake County government, breaking news, crime and environmental issues for The Times. She previously worked at The Herald-News in Joliet. She holds a master’s degree in Public Affairs Reporting.