Ham­mond men charged in shoot­ing

Post-Tribune - - Local -

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.

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