HOBART — A 23-year-old Merrillville man is in stable condition after being shot Sunday in a Walmart off U.S. 30, police say.

The suspect — a 24-year-old Merrillville man — was taken into custody by an off-duty East Chicago police officer about 3:50 p.m. following the shooting in the 2900 block of East 79th Avenue, police said. A woman who had accompanied the 24-year-old into the store also was arrested, but has since been released without any pending charges.

Police said the wounded man underwent surgery Sunday night at a local hospital, where he remains in recovery.

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"Investigators will be presenting the facts of their investigation to the Lake County Prosecutor's Office tomorrow, Sept. 3, 2019, for the consideration of charges," Hobart police Capt. James Gonzales said. "Further information will be released pending the decision made by the Lake County Prosecutor's Office."

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Olivia is the morning cops/breaking news reporter at The Times. She spends her time monitoring traffic and weather reports, scanning crime logs and reading court documents. The Idaho native and University of Idaho grad has been with The Times since 2019.