CROWN POINT — A man told police he was struck in the head with a gun as he looked in a mirror at a bar, turned around and was shot in the chest from about 2 feet away, court records say.
Julio C. "Diablo" Salinas, 38, of East Chicago, said nothing before he pulled the trigger Sunday in the bathroom at the El Sombrero bar at 2001 Broadway, the 44-year-old Hammond man told police.
The man and Salinas began to struggle, and Salinas fired one shot toward the ceiling and a second into the victim's leg before losing control of the gun, Lake Criminal Court records allege.
Witnesses told police they heard the three shots, then saw Salinas exit the bathroom and run to a side exit door, records say.
The victim stumbled out of the bathroom and fired Salinas' gun several times at Salinas, court records say. The victim then dropped the gun and collapsed on the floor.
Witnesses told police there had been tension between Salinas and his friends and the victim and his friends before the shooting, records say.
The victim was taken to St. Catherine's Hospital and later transferred to an Illinois trauma center. A bullet hit his sternum and lodged in his liver, records say. Another bullet traveled through his right thigh.
When police arrived, they found blood splatter and stains on the side door and a blood trail leading to the bathroom. The gun was recovered from the scene.
Salinas was wanted on a warrant as of Friday afternoon, East Chicago police Lt. Marguerite Wilder said.