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U.S. Marshals capture man who allegedly shot woman in front of 12-year-old girl, police say

U.S. Marshals capture man who allegedly shot woman in front of 12-year-old girl, police say

From the This week in local crime news: A serial killer in Hammond series

CROWN POINT — A man accused of shooting a 53-year-old woman in front of her granddaughter was tracked down in Missouri by U.S. Marshals in an interstate manhunt, police said.   

At 2:30 p.m. Tuesday Charles A. Goforth, 56, was captured at a residence in Independence, Missouri, according to Supervisory Inspector Mark Gregoline of the Great Lakes Regional Fugitive Task Force.  

Goforth was wanted on charges of attempted murder and criminal recklessness that left a woman with gunshot wounds to her abdomen and leg, Hammond Lt. Steve Kellogg said.

Hammond police contacted the task force suspecting he had fled the area. The task force discovered Goforth was staying at a relative's home in the Missouri town, Gregoline said. The U.S. Marshals Service in western Missouri conducted surveillance at the residence and took Goforth into custody without incident.

Charges accused the Hammond man of shooting his ex-girlfriend in front of her 12-year-old granddaughter at the Sheffield Estates mobile home park.

At 12:15 p.m. Friday Hammond police were called to the 3600 block of Sheffield Avenue after the woman went to a leasing office for help.

She was taken to a Chicago hospital for treatment of the two gunshot wounds. 

The woman told police she told Goforth to leave after walking in on him while he was video chatting with another woman, according to court reports.

Goforth became angry, said, "I'll kill you," pulled out a black 9mm handgun and began shooting at her, Lake Superior Court records alleged.

The woman fled to her granddaughter's bedroom and Goforth shot the door as he tried to get in the room, records state. The granddaughter informed officers her grandmother recently ended a relationship with Goforth.

"We thank the US Marshals Fugitive Task Force for their assistance in apprehending him so quickly," Kellogg said. "Thanks to them, and the hard-working detectives of the Hammond Police Department, this violent suspect has been removed from the streets."

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Night Crime/Breaking News Reporter

Anna Ortiz is the breaking news/crime reporter for The Times, covering crime, politics, courts and investigative news. She is a graduate of Ball State University with a major in journalism and minor in anthropology. 219-933-4194,

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