HAMMOND | Two people were charged Wednesday in connection with the shootings of an Illinois woman and her two daughters Sunday in Hammond.
Alan L. Ross Jr., 17, of Hammond, and Joseph A. Pleasure, 20, of East Chicago, are accused of trying to rob the Addison, Ill., woman when she arrived in Hammond on Sunday to purchase cellphones from someone she had been communicating with on Facebook.
Police identified Pleasure as a suspect after obtaining a search warrant for the Facebook accounts of the woman and Pleasure, according to a probable cause affidavit filed in Lake Criminal Court.
Pleasure admitted to police he had been communicating with the woman on Facebook, the affidavit states.
Pleasure said he directed her to pull into an alley behind 930 Highland St., according to court records. He also identified Ross as the suspect who demanded money and shot her and her 12- and 15-year-old daughters, court records show.
Ross and Pleasure each face three counts of attempted murder, one count of attempted robbery resulting in serious bodily injury, three counts of aggravated battery, one count of attempted armed robbery and three counts of battery resulting in serious bodily injury. Both men were in custody Wednesday, police said.
The woman and her daughters continued to recover Wednesday from their wounds, police said.
The woman was shot in the right hand and arm, the affidavit says. Her 15-year-old daughter was shot in the right arm, lower right abdominal area and right leg. Her 12-year-old daughter was shot in her right hip.
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The woman told police she'd been negotiating to buy cellphones from a person on Facebook whose user name was Cashin Out Jo, the affidavit says. When she arrived in Hammond, the person advised her to pull into the alley behind 930 Highland St.
Her 12-year-old daughter said they all were "creeped out" as they pulled into the alley, court records state. The locked her car doors and left only her window down.
She began to pull away when she saw two men walking up behind her car, the affidavit says. The man later identified as Pleasure allegedly yelled, "Stop, I have your phone."
A man later identified as Ross reached into the car, shut it off, demanded her money and iPhone, and threatened to shoot the woman and her children, court records state.
The woman's 12-year-old daughter said her mother said, "No, please, I have children," the affidavit says.
The woman turned the car on, and Ross shot her several times, court records state. He then walked around the car and shot the daughters before running back toward Pleasure, the affidavit says.
The 15-year-old told police her mother drove away looking for help but passed out, according to court records. Their car went into an empty lot in the 6200 block of Calumet Avenue and the 15-year-old put the car in park and moved her mother's foot off the gas pedal. A palm print on the side of the woman's car matched the palm print of Ross, the affidavit states.