CROWN POINT — A Gary man was charged Thursday on allegations he shot a co-worker after the co-worker refused to take his $5 for liquor and drove him home instead.

Mario L. Brooks, 39, took out $5 when the 41-year-old victim pulled up outside a Gary liquor store the night of Feb. 1, but the victim said that wouldn't be enough for Hennessey, Lake Criminal Court records allege.

A witness told police Brooks sounded irritated as he offered the victim more money. The victim said he didn't want to argue and began to drive Brooks home, according to a probable cause affidavit.

The victim told police when they arrived near Brooks' home in the area of 21st Avenue and Harrison Street, Brooks pointed a gun at him. 

The victim tried to fight Brooks off, but Brooks fired the gun and exited the car, records allege.

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The victim was treated at a local hospital and later transferred to an Illinois hospital, police said.

An arrest warrant was issued for Brooks on charges including felony attempted murder, aggravated battery, battery by means of a deadly weapon and battery resulting in serious bodily injury.

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