Man charged with as­sist­ing shooter

Post Tribune (Sunday) - - News - By Becky Ja­cobs re­ja­cobs@post-trib.com

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.

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