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CROWN POINT — A Hammond woman was charged Saturday with four felony counts alleging she shot her boyfriend in the leg during an argument.

Diamond D. Vaughn, 25, is accused of pulling a 9 mm handgun from her purse Thursday and shooting the 23-year-old man during a struggle over it.

The man told police he tried to grab the gun because Vaughn was aiming for his chest.

He said he was shot as he tried to push the gun away and saw Vaughn's finger was on the trigger, Lake Criminal Court records say.

Vaughn told police her boyfriend dumped her purse out during an argument, causing the gun to fall on the floor.

She initially claimed she picked the gun up and set it on a table, records say. When a detective said he didn't believe her, Vaughn claimed her boyfriend tried to pull the gun away as she picked it up and it accidentally went off.

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The man was taken to a local hospital for treatment, and Vaughn fled, records say.

Vaughn suffered facial injuries before an interview Friday at the Hammond Police Department.

She told a detective two girls beat her up when she returned to her apartment after the shooting, court records say. Vaughn said she never saw the girls' faces and didn't know them.

Vaughn was charged with aggravated battery, domestic battery by means of a deadly weapon and two counts of criminal recklessness.

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