Hammond men charged in shooting
Two Hammond residents have been charged in connection with a shooting in Hammond that left one man seriously wounded.
Samuel Ogbarentin Aghimien and Jayla Butler, both 20, are charged in the shooting of Joel Victor Valle, who was shot in the neck and initially transported to St. Margaret Mercy in Hammond and later transferred to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, Illinois, for further treatment.
Butler is charged with attempted murder, aggravated battery, battery and criminal recklessness, and Aghimien is charged with attempted battery, two counts of resisting law enforcement, battery resulting in bodily injury and battery by bodily waste.
Video surveillance from businesses in the 5600 block of Calumet Avenue showed Valle walking with a man when he flinches, ducks and grabs his neck. He and his companion ran north, and a woman, later identified as Butler, is seen holding a pistol in her hands with both arms extended and pointed toward the back of Valle. The woman appears to be laughing and running south on the sidewalk.
Subsequently, a man identified as Aghimien runs to Butler, who hands him the pistol, and Aghimien ran to the corner at 5927 Calumet Avenue, extended his arms and fired the gun before running south. He abruptly turned north, at which point an officer appeared in the video chasing Aghimien with his gun drawn. One officer was cut on his arm during a struggle with Aghimien.
Another surveillance video from a liquor store shows Valle running into the store, bleeding from the neck, then exiting the store, pull out a gun and exchange gunfire with Aghimien before crossing Calumet Avenue toward the 5600 block of Alice Street, where an officer found him.
Butler was arrested outside a family members’ home in the 900 block of Becker Street in Hammond. After getting permission to search the residence, police found clothing belonging to Butler that matched the clothing worn by the woman on surveillance videos.
Valle is in serious condition on a respirator and is unable to speak with police.