FORT WAYNE, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) --- A woman and her fiance testified Tuesday that last September 9th they saw a series of sparks and flashes coming from the front and back windows of a car driving alongside an ambulance.
It was part of the evidence against Dontay Martin, who is on trial in a brazen ambulance shooting, in which at least four people were shot, as the moving ambulance and a trailing car were peppered with bullets.
It's a story about an extraordinary crime that is equally remarkable because no one died in the hail of gunfire.
In the first day of testimony, we learned that a total of 35 bullets struck the two vehicles.
The ambulance was transporting Jermaine Loyall, who had been stabbed in a fight at Piere's, a northside nightclub.
Dontay Martin and Traneilous Jackson were alleged to have been involved in the fight, and police say they later had guns in hand, firing at the ambulance and the car behind which toted the stabbing victim's sisters and a friend.
Among the wounded in the shooting was Jeromy Yadon, a medic treating Loyall in the back of the ambulance.
The driver of the car where the shots came from, Alfonso Chappell, said Martin and Jackson ordered him to follow the ambulance, and he testified Martin said, "Somebody is going to die in there before they get to the hospital."
Chappell told jurors both men opened fire on the vehicles that were traveling along St. Joe Center Road, west of St. Joseph River.
Chappell said he participated only because he feared he would be killed otherwise.
He changed his account of what happened on a couple of occasions, and because he hasn't been charged, the defense suggested he's aiding prosecutors to keep himself out of trouble.
Martin's lawyer, Jeff Raff, told jurors in opening statements that there's not solid proof that Martin actually fired shots at the targeted vehicles.
But Raff said, even if jurors ultimately believe Martin was pulling the trigger, that there's flimsy evidence that Martin had intent to kill.
That strategy is aimed at undercutting the most serious charges lodged against Martin, four counts of attempted murder.
He faces a total of nine felony charges.
Traneilous Jackson has already pleaded guilty, and faces a 60 year prison sentence, if the plea is accepted.
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