Man found guilty of attempted murder in Lafayette double shooting

Booking photo shows Hirman Eugene Jackson. (Photo Provided/Tippecanoe County Jail)
Booking photo shows Hirman Eugene Jackson. (Photo Provided/Tippecanoe County Jail)

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — A man accused of shooting at a car full of people in February is now convicted of his crimes.

A Tippecanoe County jury found Hirman Jackson of East Chicago guilty of five counts of attempted murder, four counts of battery, and one count each of criminal recklessness and pointing a firearm.

He still faces three additional counts, which will be determined in a bench trial on Oct. 28.

As News 18 reported in February, the shooting happened in the 1200 block of Fourth Street. Prosecutors say three men, a woman, and a 2-year-old child were in the car at the time.

Shantaya Kirk and Benjamin Allen both suffered gunshot wounds. The child had minor injuries from shattered glass.

Court documents say one of the bullets struck Allen in the head and had to be removed from his skull during surgery. Prosecutors say he has suffered seizures and loss of mobility since the shooting, and has been transferred to a long-term care facility.

Investigators believe Jackson was targeting the other victim, Kirk, for not returning money she owed him.

Each count of murder carries a potential sentence of 20 to 40 years.

Jackson’s sentencing date will be set after his bench trial for the remaining charges.