Was Shooting Aimed at Political Candidates?

Members of the Andrade family are running for city council and mayor of Hammond, Ind.

By Kim Lynch
|  Friday, Apr 1, 2011  |  Updated 6:14 PM CDT
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Was Shooting Aimed at Political Candidates?

Two members of the Andrade family are currently in Hammond, Ind., political races.

Police in Hammond, Ind., are trying to figure out if politics played a role in a shooting, which may have sent a pregnant candidate into early labor.

The shooting happened Thursday night outside a home in the 6700 block of Arkansas Avenue. The bullets didn't hit anyone, but members of the Andrade family were leaving their house at the time and were quite shaken up.

"There was a barrage of gunfire towards our home," said Anthony Andrade. "I counted 20 bullets."

His wife, Maritza, is running for a spot in Hammond's city council. She's 32 weeks pregnant and was rushed to the hospital after the shooting over concerns she was going into labor.

"I think from the fear right now she's going through a lot of medical conditions," the new father-to-be said.

Their son, Alex, is running for mayor. He said the shooting will not scare him from the race, though he is concerned.

"I'm worried about my family. I don't want someone to get hurt," he said.

No one is in custody.

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