Man charged with assisting shooter
A second person is accused of assisting a Gary man charged in a gangrelated shooting outside a Hobart Walmart store that left two people, including a 9-year-old boy, injured.
Tyrone Lamar Jackson Jr., 24, of Gary, was charged Tuesday in Lake Superior Court with assisting a criminal, a level 5 felony.
Jackson is accused of helping Alex Hughes after a shooting Sept. 30 outside Walmart off U.S. Route 30 that injured a 25-year-old man and his son, court records show.
Hughes ,26, has pleaded not guilty to two counts of attempted murder and one count each of aggravated battery, criminal gang activity and criminal recklessness. He also faces gang and firearm enhancements.
Jimmy Lee Jackson, 26, of Gary, also was charged last week in Lake Superior Court with assisting a criminal and reckless driving in connection with Hughes, court records show.
On Sept. 30, the 25year-old victim was in Walmart with four other people when he and Hughes, who was with a woman, noticed each other inside Walmart, police said.
Both groups left the store and a witness said Hughes got a gun from his vehicle and shots were fired toward the man and the people with him, police said. A friend of the victim returned fire, according to police.
Hughes had been at large until he was arrested Tuesday.
Jimmy Jackson is accused of driving Hughes last week from a house in the 1300 block of East 51st Place in Gary, where law enforcement believed Hughes was and were doing surveillance, court records s h ow. Jimmy Jackson fled police and reached speeds of 80 mph, according to court records.
Hughes was found hiding under an SUV in the 3600 block of Monroe Street and was arrested, court records show.
Investigators reviewed phone calls that Hughes made from the Lake County Jail, a probable cause affidavit states. When Hughes called the mother of his children on Oct. 11, he said that one of his phones, which police had been trying to locate, was at Tyrone Jackson’s house in the 1300 block of East 51st Place in Gary, the affidavit states.
Police served a search warrant at the residence Oct. 15 and seized a photo of Hughes, a black wallet with Hughes’ driver’s license and Indiana gun permit and a pair of Nike shoes, according to the affidavit.
Tyrone Jackson told investigators “that he has known Alex Hughes for the majority of his life,” the affidavit states. After the Walmart shooting, Tyrone Jackson said he saw a photo of the suspect and recognized the person as Hughes, according to the affidavit.
Hughes contacted Tyrone Jackson after the shooting and asked if he saw what happened at Walmart, the affidavit states. Hughes came to Tyrone Jackson’s home and “discussed options for obtaining a lawyer,” according to the affidavit.
Tyrone Jackson is scheduled for a formal appearance and bail reduction hearing Monday.
Hughes is being held in the Lake County Jail on a $200,000 sure ty, or $2 0,0 0 0 cash bond after a judge denied his request to lower his bail recently. Hughes is scheduled to be in court Dec. 7. Jimmy Jackson has an initial hearing set for Oct. 29.
Hughes and the 25year-old victim of the Walmart shooting are associates of two rival gangs in Gary, and tensions between the two groups have escalated recently, according to court records.
“Gary Police Department has been able to associate five homicides and 20 nonfatal shootings to the two groups in 2018 alone,” court records state.
About six weeks before the Walmart shooting, the 25-year-old victim was shot in Gary during an “altercation” with Hughes and “his gang associates,” police said.