CROWN POINT —Charges filed Saturday allege a Chicago man shot his girlfriend in the chest last week in East Chicago during an argument that began over spilled wine.

Darren L. McCoy, 30, was arrested after police learned he called St. Catherine Hospital from a local doughnut shop to ask about the woman's condition, Lake Criminal Court records say.

McCoy's girlfriend told police she and McCoy were drinking Friday at her apartment in the 3900 block of Pulaski Street in East Chicago when he spilled wine on her bed.

The woman became angry and told McCoy to leave, and they began fighting, records say. The woman told police she grabbed a knife as they fought in the kitchen.

McCoy allegedly responded, "That knife won't protect you against this!" and shot his girlfriend in the chest. He fled the apartment after the shooting, court records say.

Police arrived and found the woman shouting for help. She told police her 7-year-old daughter awoke to find her bleeding, records say.

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McCoy is a suspect in a murder in Chicago, and the fight may have had something to do with those allegations, court records say.

McCoy refused to speak with investigators after his arrest.

He was charged with three felony counts, including attempted murder, aggravated battery and domestic battery by means of a deadly weapon.

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