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Fort Wayne teen charged in robbery, shooting that leaves another paralyzed

Saturday, October 19, 2013 - 7:00 am

A teenager has been charged with two felonies in connection with an alleged robbery that resulted in another person being shot and paralyzed.

The charges were filed Friday in Allen Superior Court. Walik L. Whiteside, 16, is charged with Class A felony robbery and Class B felony aggravated battery, with the probable-cause affidavit in the case alleging the crimes took place on Oct. 12.

The affidavit states that Whiteside and another person met in an alley in the 800 block or Colerick Street, and once there, Whiteside allegedly pulled out a revolver and demanded that the other person give him everything he had. When the person ran away, Whiteside allegedly fired a single shot that struck the person in the back, approached the fallen person and demanded that he empty his pockets. When the person complied, Whiteside reportedly fled with the person's cash.

The person allegedly identified Whiteside in a photo array on Oct. 14, when the Fort Wayne Police Department detective who was investigating the case learned that the person who had been shot had the bullet lodged in his spine, with it being unable to be removed. The person would likely be paralyzed from the waist down for the rest of his life, according to the probable-cause affidavit.

Whiteside, in the presence of his mother, told the police investigator that he was in the alley with the person but was only there to arrange the sale of a weapon that was in the possession of a third party. In that interview, Whiteside denied shooting the victim.