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Probable Cause documents released in fatal Thanksgiving shooting

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) —Information from court documents paint a picture about what may have motivated a home invasion and deadly shooting on Thanksgiving night.

The men police say are responsible for killing three people and wounding two others may have targeted the home because they believed it was used for dealing marijuana, according to an affidavit obtained by ABC21.

According to the affidavit, police arrived to scene of the shooting, in the 6100 block of Downingtown Drive at 10:26 p.m.

Upon arrival, they found Kyle A. Wagner near the porch of the home, suffering from a gunshot wound to the face. Wagner told officers two men broke into the house to rob them, and began firing shots. Wagner was airlifted to an Indianapolis hospital where he is currently listed in extremely critical condition.

Kameron Joyner (left) and Gerald Pinkston (right)

Police then discovered Joevonn M. Johnson, 23, along with 20-year-old Colton D. Messmer, and Tracey A. Andrews, 21, deceased in the front room of the home.

An additional victim, Teryle King, was found shot in the back. King told officers that Kameron J. Joyner and Gerald Pinkston were responsible for the shooting. Police are still searching for Pinkston, who was named a person of interest in the case.

King also advised police that Messmer was selling marijuana out of the home.

King said he heard a few gunshots, before Joyner allegedly yelled “shoot that n***** too”. He said he ran into a rear bedroom, and then realized he had been shot in the back.

A witness who was at the scene said after the shooting stopped, one of the men said “bro grab it and let’s go.” Another witness said he saw the two suspects leaving the house in an SUV, zipping up book bags.

Officers then conducted a traffic stop at 1:46 a.m. on Friday, at the intersection of E. Rudisill Boulevard and S. Clinton and arrested Joyner. Joyner is facing five counts of aggravated battery.

A man, identified as Korey M. Joyner, approached police at that scene on foot, saying he wanted to talk to the suspects. Police warned him to stay back, and one officer put out his hand to stop him. Korey ran into the officer’s hand, and slapped his arm down to walk past him. He was arrested on charges of battery to a public safety official.


Jazlynn Bebout

Jazlynn Bebout is the Assignment Desk Editor and Digital Editor at WPTA. Follow her on Twitter @jazlynnsb

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