HOBART — Two people are facing criminal charges in shootings that started outside a Hobart home during a marijuana purchase, according to court records.
Alyssa T. Kurina, 18, of Hobart, faces charges of unlawful entry of a motor vehicle and dealing in marijuana.
Jason M. Baker, 18, of Hammond, was charged Wednesday with two counts of pointing a firearm at another person, three counts of criminal recklessness, unlawful entry of a motor vehicle, neglect of a dependent, dealing in marijuana, carrying a handgun without a license and criminal mischief.
Surveillance video at 2:22 p.m. Friday showed two vehicles pulling into the driveway of a home in the 200 block of North Wabash Street in Hobart.
According to the affidavit, the video shows a man getting out from a Pontiac Grand Am and entering a van for a moment before going back toward the Grand Am. The video shows a man emerging from the van holding what appeared to be a gun.
Witnesses reported hearing four or five gunshots in the neighborhood. No one was reported injured. Police later found shell casings in the area.
Kurina gave various versions of what happened, but eventually told police she had arranged to meet a person to exchange marijuana for a PlayStation, according to the affidavit. She told detectives the person tried to rob them during the transaction.
Kurina and Baker, along with two other minors, then drove on Interstate 80/94 near Ridge Road where they are accused of being involved in a second shooting.
According to the affidavit, a motorist told police he swerved at the van because of how it was traveling. A man, armed with a gun, then opened the van’s sliding door.
The motorist saw the rear window of the van shatter and realized the man from the van was shooting at him, the affidavit stated. The motorist then backed off.
Police found the van at a gas station near the intersection of 25th Avenue and Burr Street in Gary. Kurina was found inside the van crying and stating, “They shot at me,” according to court records.
Police found 17.6 grams of marijuana inside her purse. Officers also discovered the van had been reported stolen in East Chicago.
Gary officers found Baker and one of the minors at a store near the gas station. With the help of the minor, detectives found a gun that was allegedly used during the shootings.
Baker remained Thursday in Lake County Jail on $10,000 bail.