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Charges filed in shooting death of Hammond man, 22

August 27, 2015



A murder charge has been filed in Lake Superior Court against a Crown Point man in an early Saturday shooting in East Chicago.

Kash Monique Hobbs Jr., 26, of the 8100 block of Mount Court, was charged in the shooting of Samuel Aghimien, 22, of Hammond, who died of a single gunshot wound to the head. East Chicago police responded to a shots fired call based on an alert from the city's ShotSpotter system that indicated that seven shots had been fired in the 4800 block of Alexander Avenue.

Hammond man shot to death in East Chicago. When police arrived, they found Aghimien lying near East 149th Street between McCook and Alexander avenues and bleeding from a head wound. He was pronounced dead at 3:31 a.m. at St. Catherine Hospital in East Chicago.

At that time, a man and woman pulled up in a car and the driver asked Aghimien if he had a cigarette, records said. The witness turned to walk away and Aghimien began trying to catch up with her. Hobbs and Aghimien then exchanged words and met face to face, records state.A witness to the shooting told police she and Aghimien were walking on East 149th Street between McCook and Alexander avenues after leaving her cousin's home nearby. A man rode by on a moped, and Aghimien and the man exchanged competing gang signs, according to court documents. The moped driver circled back to further engage the witness and Aghimien. The moped driver, identified as Hobbs by the witness, told Aghimien that he needed "to respect me ... you're throwing up the wrong (expletive)," court records state.

The witness said she heard two gunshots and ran. She looked back and saw the two men still standing. The car drove away, and the woman said she could see smoke and fire coming from the arm of Hobbs and Aghimien fell to the ground wounded, records state.

Chicago Tribune