FORT WAYNE – A passenger in the car involved in the ambulance shooting early Sunday morning has been charged with multiple counts of attempted murder.
According to court records, Dontay D. Martin, 23, of the 4100 block of Hessen Cassel, has been preliminarily charged with four counts of attempted murder, two counts of criminal recklessness, one count of battery with a deadly weapon, one count of carrying a handgun without a license with a prior conviction, and criminal gang activity.
Filed Friday, the charges are identical to formal charges filed Thursday against Traneilous L. "Neil" Jackson.
Early Sunday morning, paramedics responded to Piere's after a man, identified as Jermaine J. Loyall, was stabbed with a broken beer bottle. Finding him in serious condition, they loaded him into the ambulance to take him to the hospital.
A car carrying some of Loyall's family and another woman followed the ambulance.
As they headed west on St. Joe Center Road, another car gave chase, driven by Alfonso Chappell and containing Jackson, Martin and another man.
Jackson is accused of firing dozens of bullets at both the ambulance and the car carrying Loyall's family.
At least three of the individuals in the car driven by Chappell are members of the MOB street gang, according to court documents.
Police estimate the ambulance was hit 16 to 20 times, as was the car. A paramedic in the ambulance suffered injuries from bullet fragments and shrapnel. Latasha Loyall has 10 bullet wounds throughout her body, while Domonic Loyall was shot in the forearm, according to court documents.
Martin was originally apprehended by police after a brief foot chase when he fled the vehicle driven by Chappell in the downtown area. Jackson was arrested minutes later.
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