Mother, two daughters shot during robbery in Hammond
By Teresa Auch Schultz firstname.lastname@example.org July 27, 2014 5:29PM
Police tape can be found in the alley near 921 Morris where an attempted robbery occurred critically injuring 2 and one other with non-life threatening injuries in Hammond on July 27, 2014. | Jim Karczewski/For Sun-Times Media
Updated: August 29, 2014 1:11PM
A mother and her two girls were shot during a robbery Sunday morning in Hammond, police said.
Hammond Lt. Rich Hoyda said that around 11:20 a.m. in the 900 block of Morris Street, two men tried to rob a woman, who is 41 and from Addison, Illinois, while she was in a car with her two daughters, ages 15 and 12.
The mother tried to flee in the car, and one of the would-be robbers fired off multiple shots, striking everyone in the car.
Hoyda said the two girls were taken to an Illinois hospital in critical condition. The mother was taken to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The mother was able to call for help.
The suspects fled the scene, although police don’t know if they left on foot or in a vehicle. Anyone with information can call Hammond police at 853-6490.
The shooting didn’t deter several residents from sitting on their porches Sunday afternoon.
A neighbor, Antonio Otero, said he was at church when the shooting happened but saw police cars lining his street when he returned. Otero said he saw a car with a busted window.
He added that his block, which is just two blocks away from Hammond City Hall and Hammond High School is normally quiet.
Another neighbor, Frank, who declined to give his last name, said he will sometimes hear gunshots but that they sound like they’re far away.
“It’s sad that all this mess is happening,” Frank, who also was not at home when the shooting happened, said.
“It shouldn’t be like that…. All we can do is pray.”