Ham­mond man faces new at­tempted mur­der charge in al­leged re­tal­i­a­tion case

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A Ham­mond man be­ing held in Lake County Jail on a prior at­tempted mur­der case and a sub­se­quent shoot­ing has been charged with at­tempted mur­der in what po­lice de­scribe as a re­tal­i­a­tion shoot­ing two days after the man’s fa­ther was killed.

Martin Hur­tado Jr., 20, whose bail was re­voked on Dec. 1 in a 2013 at­tempted mur­der case, has been charged in an Oct. 30 gang shoot­ing that se­ri­ously wounded a Ham­mond woman, who was shot sev­eral times about 10 p.m. as she sat on her front porch smoking a cig­a­rette in the 400 block of Waltham Street in Ham­mond.

The vic­tim told po­lice two His­panic men wear­ing all black walked up and started fir­ing. The woman man­aged to walk back into the house, where she col­lapsed. Court records state she had been a mother fig­ure to a mem­ber of a ri­val gang and was a for­mer ten­ant of Hur­tado’s fa­ther, Martin Hur­tado Sr.

Hr­tado Sr. was fa­tally shot Oct. 28 in the 800 block of State Street of Ham­mond, court records state. Po­lice learned that the woman was shot in re­tal­i­a­tion for the killing of the elder Hur­tado, court records state.

The woman suf­fered gun­shot wounds to the up­per left side of her back, right leg and two wounds to her right but­tocks and un­der­went four surg­eries.

Hur­tado also is charged with ag­gra­vated bat­tery, bat­tery by means of a deadly weapon, bat­tery re­sult­ing in se­ri­ous bod­ily in­jury, and crim­i­nal reck­less­ness charges for cre­at­ing a risk to the vic­tim’s 10-year-old daugh­ter.

Lake Su­pe­rior Court Judge Diane Ross Boswell re­voked Hur­tado’s bond in an at­tempted mur­der case stem­ming from a June 6, 2013, shoot­ing in Ham­mond after charges were filed in a Nov. 15 in­ci­dent in which two peo­ple were wounded in the 900 block of Car­roll Street in Ham­mond.

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