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3 murder counts filed in holiday shootings

November 28, 2018

The Fort Wayne man charged with shooting to death three people and injuring two others in a home on Downingtown Drive on Thanksgiving told police he went there to kill a man over a drug debt.

Kameron J. Joyner, 22, was formally charged Tuesday with three counts of murder, two counts of attempted murder and one count of felony criminal recklessness.

He  told investigators he and an accomplice went to 6116 Downingtown Drive to settle a score with Colton D. Messmer, according to court documents filed Tuesday in Allen Superior Court.

Messmer, 20, was selling marijuana from the home, a witness said, and he was killed along with Joevonn M. Johnson, 23, and Tracey A. Andrews, 21. Teryle King was shot in the back, and Kyle Wagner was shot in the face and injured so badly he was airlifted to a hospital in Indianapolis for treatment.

Joyner was arrested early Friday after the car in which he was riding was stopped at East Rudisill Boulevard and South Clinton Street.

Police are looking for the alleged accomplice, Gerald Pinkston, 22, but he had not been found as of Tuesday.

Joyner was interviewed Saturday by Fort Wayne police Detective Brian Martin at the Allen County Jail and admitted to the killings, the court documents said.

″(He) advised that when he got to the residence he was surprised by the number of people inside the home,” a probable cause affidavit said. “Joyner advised that after being at the residence for five or ten minutes he stood up from his chair, walked in the kitchen, walked back out and started firing his gun at the victims.”

The accomplice : Joyner did not implicate Pinkston, but witnesses said he was involved : also fired shots inside the home, according to the affidavit.

Wagner told police who arrived at the home around 10:30 p.m. Thursday that two men came to the home to commit a robbery, police said. King told investigators Joyner and Pinkston “were the ones who did the shooting,” court documents said.

A woman inside the home during the melee told police she is certain Joyner was the shooter.

Jim Seay, a spokesman for the Fort Wayne Police Department, said Tuesday Wagner and King each are in critical condition.

Kameron Joyner was preliminarily charged with five felony counts of aggravated battery. The murder charges were filed Tuesday.

mleblanc@jg.net

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