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GARY — Eight people were wounded in four separate shootings during the past week, police said.

Five people with gunshot wounds were located after police responded about 12:05 a.m. Wednesday to the Oak Knoll Apartments in the 4300 block of 23rd Court, Cpl. Douglas Drummond said.

The wounded included three Gary women, ages 28, 29 and 31, and two Gary men, ages 31 and 33, police said.

Witnesses told police the group was outside when a man came out from between buildings and opened fire, Drummond said.

Several of the victims were taken by ambulance to a local hospital, and others were taken in private cars, police said. None of their wounds were life-threatening.

A 33-year-old Gary man, who was related to one of the victims, was arrested about 2 a.m. Wednesday at the hospital after refusing to wait for nurses to let him into a waiting room, cursing at nurses, running from police, barricading himself in a room and fighting with police, Drummond said.

Just before 1 a.m. Wednesday, police found a 32-year-old Gary man with a gunshot wound after they were called to the 1100 block of Broadway.

The man told police he was walking in the 1100 block of Washington Street when two people in a red Ford pickup truck pulled up and the passenger opened fire, Drummond said.

On Tuesday, police found a 25-year-old Gary man with multiple gunshot wounds after responding about 9 a.m. to the 1500 block of Harrison Boulevard.

The man told police he was walking in the area when a man in a red Mitsubishi pulled up from behind, pointed a handgun at him and fired about 20 shots, Drummond said. The man was taken to a local hospital for treatment.

On Sept. 15, a 17-year-old Hammond boy was wounded during a car chase, police said. 

Carlos Santos, 17, of Hammond, and Luis Pimentel-Maldonado, 18, of Calumet City, are accused of pushing a woman out of a speeding car after a strong-arm robbery in Gary. The woman suffered injuries including a brain bleed and broken femur.

According to a probable cause affidavit, the teens and the woman — who was accompanied by two men — met at a fast-food restaurant near Fifth Avenue and Grant Street for a cellphone sale.

The teens are accused of robbing the woman, speeding off from the restaurant and pushing her out near the intersection of Grant Street and Ninth Avenue.

Police said two men, who had been with the woman, chased after the teens' car and didn't notice when the woman was pushed out of it.

The chase continued through Gary's West Side until one of the men in the pursuing vehicle fired shots, striking Santos near West 15th Avenue and Ralston Street, Drummond said.

The man who fired the shots drove off, but the other man in that car remained at the scene and spoke with police, Drummond said.

The woman was later found by police on the side of the road bruised and scratched, the affidavit said. She was transported to an Illinois hospital.

Santos, who was shot in the buttocks by a bullet that exited his thigh, was transported by the Gary Fire Department for treatment. 

Santos and Pimentel-Maldonado were each charged Saturday with robbery resulting in serious bodily injury and kidnapping, court records show.

Detective Sgt. Michael Barnes is investigating the shootings from Tuesday and Wednesday. Anyone with information is asked to call him at 219-881-1210. To remain anonymous, call 866-CRIME-GP.


Public Safety Reporter

Sarah covers crime, federal courts and breaking news for The Times. She joined the paper in 2004 after graduating from Purdue University Calumet.