The man suspected of firing shots into an ambulance and a car following it, injuring four people, now faces four counts of attempted murder along with other charges.
Traneilous L. Jackson, 24, of the 4800 block of Hanna Street, originally faced a preliminary charge of aggravated battery and three other felony counts, including criminal recklessness involving a firearm, in the shooting. With Thursday's filing, he faces a total of nine felony counts in Allen Superior Court, including criminal gang activity, according to electronic court records.
According to a probable-cause affidavit, Jackson is suspected of firing at an ambulance at around 3 a.m. Sunday that was carrying a stabbing victim from Piere's Entertainment Center and a car carrying the victim's friends. The people in the car were each hit by gunfire, including a woman who was shot 10 times, according to the court record. They pulled onto a gas station at Washington Center Road and Clinton Street and called emergency workers for help and gave a description of a vehicle from where the shots were fired.
The ambulance was struck about 16 times by gunfire on the driver's side, with a medic being cut by shattered glass, shrapnel and bullet fragments, according to the court record.
Officers from the Allen County Sheriff's Department tried to stop a white Ford Crown Victoria described by one of the victims that then led police on a chase that ended at Fairfield Avenue and Jefferson Boulevard, when two men in the car got out and were arrested. They were identified as Alfonso L. Chappell, 27, and an 18-year-old. Police also detained and later released a fourth person who was inside the white car at the time of the shooting, a police spokeswoman said.
According to the court document, Chappell told police he was told that a woman had been beaten in Piere's and was in the ambulance and that he should follow it. He said Jackson fired at the other vehicles 14 to 15 times, and that afterward he would not take the gun after Jackson asked him to according to the document. The gun was found by police on the floor of the Ford. Chappell later told police that he was a member of a gang and the shooting was revenge for the victim having allegedly stabbed Jackson's brother.
Charges against Chappell were dropped and the teen faces a misdemeanor charge of illegal possession of alcohol.