1 arrested, 1 sought in fatal attack

November 24, 2018

No motivation has been given for a deadly shooting Thanksgiving night that took the lives of three young people and left two others fighting for their lives.

Kameron Joyner, 22, was arrested in connection with the shootings after he was pulled over in a traffic stop at the intersection of Rudisill Boulevard and Clinton Street, a Fort Wayne Police Department statement said. He was taken into custody without incident.

Joyner was preliminarily charged with five counts of aggravated battery.

Another man, Gerald Pinkston, 22, was being sought for his alleged involvement in the shooting that took place around 10:15 p.m. at 6116 Downingtown Drive. As of 8 p.m. Friday, Pinkston was not being held at the Allen County Jail, a jail spokesperson said.

Police said Pinkston was armed and considered dangerous.

Friday afternoon, a man who identified himself as Christopher Michael Rice, brother-in-law to one of the shooting victims, talked to The Journal Gazette. Rice was taking down the yellow police tape surrounding the Downingtown Drive home with the help of a female friend. That victim lived across the street from his own parents and Rice and his family.

Rice said he got home after 10 p.m. and was having dinner when he heard several shots, thinking they were “awfully close.”

He looked out and saw the flash from a gun inside the home; then, two men ran from the home and jumped into a white Chevrolet Equinox.

“I’d seen that vehicle around here so many times,” Rice said.

Rice’s wife, who is a nurse and sister to the victim, ran to the house to give aid to the victims, and Rice followed her.

He didn’t describe the scene inside but said his wife and another person were giving first aid. Three people shot in the living room, including his brother-in-law, died. Another man shot in the back of the house was taken to the hospital, along with the man who tried to get help.

Another person giving aid to the wounded and dying may have helped identify the shooters to police, Rice said. Also, a third man may have been at the scene when the shooting started and fled, Rice added.

Joyner has no criminal record, according to court records. A Journal Gazette article published March 16, 2016, said Joyner, a South Side High School track standout, had signed with Xavier University of Louisiana in New Orleans.

“Joyner finished ninth in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.02 seconds in June’s IHSAA Track and Field State Championships,” the article said. “He has personal bests of 10.91 in the 100 and 22.49 in the 200. He was also a two-way starter for the Archers in football as a junior and senior.”

Police spokesman Michael Joyner, who issued Friday’s statement, said Kameron Joyner is a distant relative, but he declined to disclose the relationship.

No probable cause affidavit was available Friday as the Allen County courts were closed, and the Allen County coroner’s office did not release the identifies of the dead.

The Journal Gazette asked for the names of the survivors, but their identities were not released.

If the three Thanksgiving deaths are ruled homicides, they will be the 41st, 42nd and 43rd of the year. Last year, there were 41 homicides in Allen County.

As of Thursday night, both surviving victims were in critical condition.



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