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Link’s Wonderland shooter learns sentence

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) – A Fort Wayne man who admitted to shooting two people at a breakfast joint last year learned his sentence Thursday.

Gabriel Hicks, 30, will serve 56 years behind bars for the attempted murder of two men in an ongoing feud that turned violent last September.

Hicks tried to take back his plea agreement by saying his mental health wasn’t properly examined, but the judge sentenced him anyway to 30 years, with 28 years to be served consecutively for each count.

He was also issued a no-contact order.

Michael A. Paige Jr. and Frank E. Paige were critically wounded in the gunfire at Link’s Wonderland on Sept. 21, 2018.

Both of them were hit in the chest and back. One of them was shot in the head.

READ MORE: 2 men critically hurt in shooting

Indianapolis police found him hiding out in an Indianapolis hotel back in October 2018.

READ MORE: Court documents detail an ongoing feud between alleged shooter, victims

One of the victims claims Hicks stood over him and shot him in the parking lot.

According to court documents, both victims were waiting on a carryout order when Hicks walked in to pick up his food order.

A witness told police that two men confronted the shooter about running his mouth on social media, when one of the left the building.

That’s when the shooter opened fire, and followed both men outside to shoot the other one, a witness and the victims told investigators.

Police found 15 9 mm shell casings at the scene.

A witness told police that there had been ongoing threats made to her and her family, including threatening messages on SnapChat.

Police found three recent Fort Wayne Police reports from the 11 days before the shooting involving the witnesses.

Another witness told investigators she was about to walk into Link’s Wonderland when she heard gunshots and retreated to her car.

She then saw a man walk out, followed by another man shooting the victim at point-blank range.

A fifth witness said he was working outside the business when he saw a man standing over another man laying on the ground. He said the man who was standing over the other shot him.

This was all caught on surveillance video, and according to court documents, the video shows Hicks with the gun in his hand shooting at the two victims as they’re running out the door.

Kayla Crandall

Kayla Crandall is an Emmy award-winning journalist. She serves as the Social Media and Digital Content Manager at WPTA. Follow her on Twitter @KaylerJayne.

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