CROWN POINT — A Gary man was wanted Friday on charges alleging he shot a woman at her front door while her five children were inside because he was angry she pepper-sprayed him during an earlier attack.
Charles King III, 59, was drinking with his girlfriend and the woman Dec. 23 at a residence in the 4300 block of West 23rd Avenue when he became upset with the woman, she told police.
King accused the woman of trying to "run his house," but the woman thought he was also upset because she refused to talk to a male friend of his, Lake Criminal Court records state.
When the woman got up to leave, King pushed her back on a chair, records allege.
The woman got up and pushed King, who grabbed her by the shirt collar with both hands and threw her on a couch, records state.
The woman pepper-sprayed King as he approached her again, according to court documents. She then packed up her children and left.
A short time later, the woman answered a knock at her door from her friend's adult daughters and saw King running toward her house while pulling a gray revolver from his pants pocket, records allege.
King fired the gun several times as the woman closed her door, but one of the bullets grazed her arm, records state.
The woman told police one of her children was standing next to her when King shot at them.
King was charged with felony attempted battery by means of a deadly weapon, six counts of criminal recklessness, intimidation, pointing a firearm, criminal confinement and one misdemeanor count of battery.
Anyone with information on King's whereabouts is asked to call Gary police Cpl. Silas Simpson at 219-881-1210. To remain anonymous, call 866-CRIME-GP.