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Dispute over woman led to shootout, smashed windows at tobacco shop, police say

Dispute over woman led to shootout, smashed windows at tobacco shop, police say

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CROWN POINT — Four men pulled up outside a Munster tobacco shop Dec. 23, fired shots into the business and began smashing out windows before getting into a gunfight with the shop owner and his brother and fleeing, records allege.

Munadel Jebreen, 39, of Lansing; Abdal Hassouna, 30, of Oak Lawn; Rami Jabarin, 37, of Burbank, Illinois; and Frank Sabbah, 68, of Munster, are accused of driving to Munster Tobacco and Hookah in the 7900 block of Calumet Avenue to confront the owner about a woman.

The woman, who is Jebreen's sister and Sabbah's daughter, had been dating the owner of the tobacco shop but had a recent falling out with him, the owner told police.

The shop owner said he had asked Jebreen to tell the woman to stop calling him, and they subsequently got into an argument during a phone call Dec. 23, records show.

A witness told police he heard the shop owner argue with someone on the phone and then tell that person to come to the store because he'd be waiting, court records say.

The shop owner told police Jebreen told him on the phone that he was coming to the store and "you're gonna see," records state.

Surveillance video from the shop showed Sabbah pulled up outside the store in a dark-colored Toyota about 10:20 p.m. and began using a cellphone, documents say.

At 10:30 p.m., Jebreen and Jabarin allegedly arrived in a Dodge pickup truck and Hassouna arrived in a BMW. Jebreen got out of the truck holding a gun, Jabarin was holding a club, and Hassouna retrieved a bat from a vehicle, records state.

Sabbah got out of his car and walked behind the men as they approached the shop, records allege.

Jebreen opened the door and fired at least two shots into the business while Hassouna started smashing glass windows, documents say.

The shop owner's brother arrived in a red Jeep and began shooting at Jebreen and Hassouna, records allege. Jabarin got a gun from Jebreen and charged at the shop owner's brother, shooting at the man as he retreated across Calumet Avenue.

The shop owner told police he fired two shots at the men after they began shooting and smashing windows. His brother admitted to firing three shots at the men after he saw them shooting into the store, records state.

Police recovered 13 spent shell casings from the crime scene. Several bullets struck the Jeep driven by the shop owner's brother.

No one was wounded in the shootout, and the four defendants got back into their vehicles and fled just before officers arrived, records state.

Jebreen, Hassouna, Jabarin and Sabbah each were charged with attempted murder, attempted battery by means of a deadly weapon and criminal recklessness.

Arrests warrants were issued for each of the four men, Munster police Lt. John Peirick said.

Police ask anyone with information about their whereabouts to call local police, 911 or Munster police at 219-836-6650.

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