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4 murder tries filed in drive-by

9 mm barrage hit ambulance, car

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– A hail of bullets tore through car doors and ambulance walls, striking multiple people early Sunday on the city’s north side.

The latest documents filed Thursday in Allen Superior Court convert those bullets into criminal charges and connect them all, so far, to Traneilous L. “Neil” Jackson, who turned 24 Saturday.

Jackson, whom court documents identify as a member of the local street gang M.O.B., faces multiple charges, including four counts of attempted murder, for what prosecutors allege was his central role in the brazen gun violence.

Jackson, of the 4800 block of Hanna Street, is also charged with felony battery in the shooting of paramedic Jeromy Yadon, two counts of criminal recklessness with a firearm for shooting in the direction of two other paramedics, one charge of carrying a handgun without a license with a prior conviction, and a single charge of criminal gang activity.

The raft of formal charges came late Thursday morning, after the preliminary charges filed against Jackson at the time of his arrest expired.

Early Sunday, police and paramedics responded to a nightclub in the Piere’s complex at 5629 St. Joe Road after a report of a stabbing. Inside the club, paramedics found 29-year-old Jermaine Loyall in serious condition, stabbed with a broken beer bottle.

They loaded him into the ambulance and headed to a local hospital, followed by a black Chevrolet Impala containing two of his sisters – Domonic Loyall and Latasha Loyall – and a friend, Lashanda Conwell.

A Crown Victoria driven by Alfonso Chappell, 27, with Jackson and two other men inside came up on the Impala and the ambulance from behind.

At 3:15 a.m., dispatchers received a call from the ambulance requesting emergency assistance, saying they were being shot at. About the same time, one of the women in the Impala called police, saying they had been shot at and she and her friend had been injured. Both the firefighter driving the ambulance and the women in the car were able to provide police with a description of the Crown Victoria.

A few minutes later, Allen County police officers both on and off duty were able to chase the car and finally stop it in downtown Fort Wayne. Two of the men inside jumped out and ran but were caught by police.

Jackson and Chappell were arrested inside the car, where a 9 mm semiautomatic handgun was found on the driver’s side floorboard. The gun matched a picture of a gun stored inside Jackson’s cellphone.

During interviews with police, Chappell said Jackson wanted to shoot up the ambulance and the Impala to take revenge for the stabbing of his brother “Mel” Jackson, according to court documents.

The investigation revealed between 16 and 20 bullets struck the ambulance. Yadon was struck with bullet fragments, glass and shrapnel, suffering injuries to his left arm and fragments. The other two emergency workers in the ambulance were uninjured, according to court documents.

The black Impala carrying Loyall’s family also had been shot 16 to 20 times. Latasha Loyall suffered 10 gunshot wounds in various places on her body, and Domonic Loyall was shot once in the forearm, according to court documents.

No condition report was available on the Loyalls. The paramedic was treated for his injuries and released.

So far, no one has been charged with stabbing Jermaine Loyall, and there is little mention of it in court documents outlining the case against Jackson.

Chappell was originally charged with resisting law enforcement in a vehicle. That charge expired on Wednesday and no new charges have been filed against him or anyone else in connection to the shooting.

According to the Allen County Prosecutor’s Office, the case remains under investigation.

On a Twitter feed appearing to be from Chappell, he expressed concern about his safety as others targeted him for “snitching,” and on Wednesday night another post said he was “on the run.”

Jackson remains in the Allen County Jail on $227,500 bail.

If convicted of all the charges, he could face more than 100 years in prison.

rgreen@jg.net

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