(STMW) — A Chicago man was charged Friday with a shooting Wednesday that injured four people at a northwest Indiana senior citizen social club.
Kendall Reed, 23, is charged with four counts of attempted murder, three felony counts of battery, one felony count of possession of a handgun, and unlawful possession of a firearm by a violent felon, Gary police Cpl. Gabrielle King said.
Reed was convicted in April 2010 of armed robbery with a firearm and was sentenced to six years in prison, but he was released on parole in April 2013, according to the Illinois Department of Corrections website.
“I’m sure he didn’t tell his parole officer he’s leaving,” King said.
King said witnesses told police that a gunman entered the Gary club, held patrons at gunpoint and told them to get on the ground. He then opened fire and shot four men, King said.
Gunshot victims shouted to police, “Help us! He’s reloading!” as officers attempted to enter the a club late Wednesday night, the Post-Tribune reported.
But the front door to the Safe and Sound Senior Citizen Social Club at 2220 Broadway was locked about 11:30 p.m. and a reserve officer used his shotgun to shatter a lock, allowing officers inside.
The suspect was found hiding in a bathroom at the rear of the club and was arrested.
One of the club members apparently shot the suspect during the chaotic minutes before police arrived. He was treated and released from the hospital before being arrested.
Police haven’t determined a motive for the shooting, as detectives are still interviewing witnesses and victims.
The victims, none of whom suffered life-threatening injuries, were a 65-year old Gary man shot in both feet and right shin; a 76-year-old of Gary man struck in the chest and buttocks; a 43-year-old East Chicago man shot in the left wrist and upper leg; and a 45-year-old Chicago man shot in the right arm and buttocks, the police report states.
It was not immediately known when Reed will appear in court, King said.
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