Munster Native Shot at Hammond Bar 9/15; Seeks Help

12 Oct

By Ken Davidson



Nathan Kras shooting victim

Nathan Kras was shot twice in a robbery at a Hammond, IN bar on Sept. 15

A Munster Native who was shot in the leg and abdomen at a Hammond Bar on September 15, 2013 is now facing hundreds of thousands of dollars in uninsured medical expenses.  Nathan Kras was visiting family in Northwest Indiana on September 15 when he went to a Dick’s R U Crazee, 1221 E. 150th St in Hammond.  According to friends, Nathan felt comfortable at the Hammond bar because he had gone there before.  At approximately 1:00 as Nathan was exiting his car, three black males approached him, pointed a gun and asked him for his wallet and cell phone.  According to a family friend, Nathan recalls that he struggled briefly with the perpetrators and was shot in the leg and then the abdomen.  The perpetrators fled as Nathan crawled to the door of the bar where employees called police and an ambulance.

Nathan is now in Christ Hospital in Chicago where he has had several surgeries.  Nathan has no insurance and his friends have launched a campaign to raise funds to cover his medical expenses.  The You Caring Medical Fund Page has so far raised about $5,000 of the $25,000 goal. According to a recent update on the page, Nathan will be in the hospital for another 4-5 weeks as he receives physical therapy to be able to walk again. Nathan works as a kitchen manager for the Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps in Rosemont, IL. The drum and bugle corps community has come out from around the country to help Nathan.

As for the perpetrators of this horrendous crime, it is believed that they were arrested on an unrelated crime. Reportedly, they cannot be charged with this crime until Nathan is well enough to identify them in a line up.

If you would like to help Nathan Kras, please visit his You Caring page at: Even if you cannot send money, I am sure that he will appreciate any well wishes and support.


8 Responses to “Munster Native Shot at Hammond Bar 9/15; Seeks Help”

  1. Mike October 12, 2013 at 2:41 pm #

    Great coverage. The only news to read anymore. Good job

  2. Dave Hein October 13, 2013 at 11:53 am #

    I think your articles will have more credibility if you strive for accuracy. From what I have read about the incident, the bar and it’s patrons had nothing to do with the shooting. The man was shoot on the sidewalk during a robbery at 1 am in the morning. The US has the highest per capita rate of gun deaths in the industrialized world. Every urban area has gun violence, much of which is the result of the inability of our federal legislators to pass laws that do a better job regulating gun sales and ownership. How about a few articles on how guns impact the families of shooting victims instead of hurting the image of a business owner who had nothing to do with the shooting?

    • Vicky Black October 14, 2013 at 12:18 am #

      dave hein .. I think you should read the article again before trashing it.. the story clearly states … he had been to this bar before and felt safe.. also after the shooting ( the article definetly said parking lot ) he crawled to the door and the people in the bar helped him by calling 911.. you missed the entire purpose of the story which is to say this man needs help.. I think if anything this article was very respectful of the bar and included that they did exactly what they were supposed to do.. as for gun control. we are just now seeing all the violence in Hammond due to NWI GAZETTE reporting them.. I wonder how long we were left in the dark before this Citizen Journalist decided to help us get informed..

      • Cindy White October 15, 2013 at 5:01 pm #

        Yeah Vicky, people should learn how to READ. I think your brother is doing a fine job. I can no longer listen to WJOB, but, I can see it on internet. glad to see someone out there is doing Hessville/ Hammond News, since the Times stopped because the Mayor does not want it in the Times. The only way to also find out is to get the Porter county Times carries it. What a joke.
        I remember when the Mayor told them to keep the police blotter out of the ( Hammond Times and I do mean the one serving NOW).

      • Dave Hein October 15, 2013 at 5:37 pm #

        Vicky, in my opinion, part of the cause of this shooting is the victim’s poor judgement in deciding to go to a bar in a neighborhood that has a high crime rate at 1 in morning. It is common knowledge that a person is far more likely to become a victim of violence in between 11pm and 4am. As far as crime being reported, Hammond has a great network of crime watch groups. At the monthly crime watch meetings, Hammond police officers give reports of every crime that happened in the district during the last month and any trends or increases in crime.

      • ken October 15, 2013 at 9:32 pm #

        HEADLINE: City Official says not safe to go out at 1:00 am in Hammond . . .

      • Anonymous October 17, 2013 at 2:57 am #

        So again Mr. Hein puts his foot in his mouth. He again is clearly commenting on behalf of the McDermott Administration, stating Hammond has some unsafe neighborhoods, and the victim was at fault here for attempting to enjoy an evening out.

        It sorta like the woman who was a daylight victim, abducted from a north Hammond gas station and sexually assaulted. McDermott’s people withheld this information from the public, very much like the McDermott administration withholding the gang shoot out, where gang fired bullets pierced a HPD Officer’s residence. The latter story broken here.

        As Hein clearly saying, it is the victim’s fault he was out in a crime ridden neighborhood; It’s victim’s fault for buying gas in a crime riddled neighborhood,; or it is the cops fault for living in a crime riddled neighborhood. The common theme here is the McDermott’s administration under staffing of the HPD and his inability to deal with crime.

        Didn’t McDermott make a grand stand statement, before the last election, he was going to hire 20 police officers to staff the Hammond police department? The past practice here is for McDermott to beg city council persons for Casino Cash to fund $750,000 a year on a roving police unit (Henry unit), simply because he fails to adequately staff the police department.

        McDermott’s failed priorities are a legal clinic and a College Bound program, the latter with 67 graduates after spending over $3,000,000. One thing though, one of McDermott’s friends earns $90,000 a year, plus $30,000 in expenses administrating the program.

        So Hein argument is every city is riddled with crime problems. That why we hear about shootings in Munster, St. John, Cedar Lake all the time.

  3. Anonymous October 13, 2013 at 5:54 pm #

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