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Thursday, December 28, 2017 1:00 am

Wife, kids fled after father shot

Hit in leg after confronting man, 21, at fast-food place

MATTHEW LEBLANC | The Journal Gazette

A Fort Wayne man shot another man in the parking lot of a fast-food restaurant as the victim's wife and two children scrambled for cover, court documents say.

Martrell S. Weaver, 21, is accused of shooting Edward Lewis in the right leg about 11:30 a.m. Saturday in the parking lot of McDonald's, 6810 Bluffton Road. He is charged with battery by means of a deadly weapon, criminal recklessness committed with a deadly weapon and resisting arrest.

The shooting was one of five in 13 hours Friday into Saturday in Fort Wayne.

According to court documents, Lewis' mother-in-law told him a man matching Weaver's description was looking through her windows earlier in the day. Lewis spotted Weaver walking on Old Trail Road and tried to talk to him, and Weaver took off toward the McDonald's, court documents say.

Lewis, his wife and his two teenage children got out of their car at the restaurant, intending to talk to Weaver, according to a probable cause affidavit filed Wednesday in Allen Superior Court.

“As the victim spoke to the defendant, the defendant pulled a black semi-automatic handgun from his waistband, cocked it and fired a single bullet at the victim,” the affidavit states. “The victim's wife and two children dove back into their car.”

Police were called, and Weaver was captured on Westward Drive after a short chase.