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Crime & Courts

Two men charged in shooting that injured Addison mom, daughters

ADDISON – Police charged two men in connection with a shooting that injured an Addison woman and her two daughters Sunday.

Joseph Alonso Pleasure, 20, and Alan Lavelle Ross Jr., 17, both of Hammond, Ind., were charged with attempted murder, attempted robbery resulting in serious bodily injury, aggravated battery, attempted armed robbery and battery resulting in serious bodily injury, according to an affidavit submitted to the Lake County, Ind., Superior Court on Wednesday.

The mother, who was taken to an area hospital, sustained gunshot wounds during the attempted robbery to her right hand and arm, which will require reconstructive surgery to her hand and may result in the loss of part of her hand, the affidavit stated.

Her two daughters, ages 12 and 15, were airlifted to a Chicago hospital. The older was shot in the right arm, lower right abdominal area and right leg, according to the document.

The younger daughter was shot in her right hip, severing her colon and lacerating her rectum and requiring her to be fitted with a colostomy bag, the document stated.

The Addison woman told police she had arranged to purchase cell phones from someone on Facebook whose user name was "Cashin Out Jo." The woman said she drove with her two daughters to meet the man Sunday in the 900 block of Highland Street in Hammond, Ind., as he instructed her, according to the affidavit.

The woman told police when she arrived at the meeting place, the man told her to pull into an alley south of Highland Street. At that time, the woman said she felt afraid when she saw two men walking up behind her car, so she began to pull away. One of the men yelled, "Stop, I have your phone," and the other demanded her money, threatening to shoot her and her kids, the document stated.

The woman told police the second man, later identified as Ross, shot at her car before walking to the other side of her car to shoot at her daughters, according to the document.

The older daughter told police when the shooter ran back to his friend, her mother drove away looking for help, but eventually passed out. Their car went into an empty parking lot where the 15-year-old put the car in park and moved her mom's foot off the gas pedal, the document stated.

Using Facebook, Hammond police identified Pleasure, who confessed he had arranged to sell cell phones to a woman through the "Cashin Out Jo" Facebook account. He eventually told police that he and Ross had agreed that after the robbery, Pleasure would get his phone back along with the money, and Ross would get whatever else the woman had, according to the document.

The mother identified Ross as the man who shot her and her daughters and Pleasure as the other man involved, the affidavit stated.


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