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21-year-old man charged with attempted murder after allegedly shooting his pregnant girlfriend and her mother

21-year-old man charged with attempted murder after allegedly shooting his pregnant girlfriend and her mother

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EAST CHICAGO — A 21-year-old man is accused of shooting his pregnant girlfriend and her mother Wednesday evening in the 4300 block of Magoun Avenue, police say.

Richard E. Johnson, of East Chicago, faces six felonies stemming from the incident, which occurred about 11:30 p.m., including attempted murder, two counts of aggravated battery and three counts of domestic battery.

Johnson had been taken into custody by police and charged Friday. He remains in Lake County Jail on a $150,000 bail.

Deputy Chief Jose Rivera said officers arrived at the East Chicago home about 11:42 a.m., finding three people who had been injured — Johnson and two women.

Rivera said Johnson had been covered in blood, with a laceration on his back. The women were found in similar states, having both been shot.

One of the women, Johnson's pregnant girlfriend, had been grazed by a bullet near her head, Rivera said. The second, the girlfriend's mother, suffered a gunshot wound to her right leg.

Both women, who also had numerous "contusions" on their faces and bodies, were taken to local hospitals for treatment before being transported to the University of Chicago, where they remain in "serious, but stable" conditions, Rivera said.

Johnson was taken to St. Catherine Hospital for treatment and then released back into police custody.

"Detective Miguel Pena and Detective Lt. Brian Paine have been working this case nonstop since they received the call," Rivera said "Thanks to their hard work and the excellent work of the patrol division who were first to respond on scene (Johnson has been charged)."

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Morning Cops/Breaking News Reporter

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.

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