Spat over woman leaves man dead in Hammond shooting
By Carrie Napoleon Post-Tribune correspondent March 8, 2014 10:17AM
Updated: April 10, 2014 6:56AM
HAMMOND — One man is dead and another is facing charges after a fight over a woman at a party early Saturday.
A 23-year-old man from the city’s Hessville section turned himself in shortly after the shooting.
Lt. Richard Hoyda, Hammond Police public information officer, said the shooting took place around 5 a.m. in the 2800 block of Janet Place.
Sometime before 5 a.m. a 19-year-old Hammond woman and the victim, David Momola, 22, of the 2800 block of Janet Place in Hessville, were seen kissing at the party, Hoyda said.
“A friend of the believed shooter contacted the shooter and told him he saw his girlfriend kissing another man,” Hoyda said.
A short time later, police said the suspect came to the party and saw his girlfriend on the side of the house with Momola.
“It was reported that a physical confrontation began and then the shooter shot the victim several times,” Hoyda said.
The victim was transported to St. Catherine’s Hospital in East Chicago where he was pronounced dead at 5:53 a.m. Saturday, the Lake County Coroner’s Office reported.
Hoyda said Hammond police received a 911 call from a man identifying himself as the shooter. Police responded to his residence in the 6700 block of Kentucky Avenue and placed the man under arrest. A handgun believed to be used in the shooting was recovered.
The suspect is in custody awaiting formal charges likely to be presented to the Lake County Prosecutor’s office early next week. Hoyda said police will not release the name of the suspect until charges are filed.