Ransom had three crime convictions and was on parole at the time of the Schererville shooting for illegally carrying a gun in Illinois, Villarreal said.
Picking up a fight he was not involved in, he brought a gun and caused life-threatening injuries to two people, she said.
A teenager enlisted Ransom’s help after agreeing to fight a 19-year-old man. Ransom’s 19-year-old and teenage girlfriend wanted to date the same woman who, according to court records, wasn’t interested in either.
Witnesses described the gun that Ransom used to shoot the 19-year-old and his 19-year-old friend as an “Uzi-esque” rifle, Villarreal said. Five other people at the scene were not injured.
The gun was never recovered and Ransom refused to provide a statement to police after he was arrested, she said.
“He didn’t even know these people,” said Villarreal. “He just had a total disregard for her life.”
Villarreal read a victim impact statement from the 19-year-old who had an argument with Ransom’s boyfriend about the woman.
He wrote that he almost lost his leg after a bullet ripped through one of his legs into the other.
When the man was “hanging by a thread” with his leg, he looked over and saw that his friend was being loaded into an ambulance. The friend now has a bullet next to his spine, Villarreal said.