Two Under Arrest, One Held On $347,000 Bail

5 Teenage Victims In Miami County Drive-By Shooting

By Michael Konopasek

October 24, 2010 Updated Oct 24, 2010 at 11:12 PM EDT

PERU, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) -- A group of teenagers were shot at in a drive-by shooting in Peru, Indiana behind a popular bowling alley on Friday night. Of those teenagers, five victims were wounded by gunfire and police have arrested two suspects.

An investigation by the Peru Police Department said at approximately 7 p.m., several juveniles gathered at an area just west of Homer's Bowling Alley to watch a fight take place between two males.

Shortly after gathering, the group of teens observed a white truck driven by Daniel Jacob Case, 22, of Peru, pull into the area. Witnesses said both the driver and passenger covered the lower part of their faces with red bandanas, but witnesses were still able to recognize them. The passenger was a 15-year-old boy said to be one of the males intended to fight in the gathering area.

The gathering of teens were walking towards the truck when they heard several shots being fired. Witnesses said they observed Case point the gun into the crowd, fired shots and then took-off at a high rate of speed from the area.

The suspect's vehicle was later abandoned north of town near Lovers Lane and Meridian road. Both suspects were located shortly after at 414 East 3rd Street where they were taken into custody.

Victims include a 17-year-old male grazed by a bullet on his right side, a 16-year-old male shot or possibly contacted by a ricocheted bullet in his torso, two 15-year-old males with entrance and exit wounds to their left thighs and a 17-year-old male with a gun shot wound to his rear torso with the bullet entrance near the left arm pit area. He was admitted to Dukes Hospital Intensive Care unit.

Case is currently being held on $347,000 bail at the Miami County Jail charged with five counts each of attempted murder, aggravated battery, criminal recklessness with a handgun and one count of serious violent felon in possession of a handgun.

The 15-year-old Peru male who was with Case during the shooting incident has also been detained at a juvenile facility in Kokomo. He is still facing charges for his involvement.

Indiana's NewsCenter will update this story as more information becomes available.

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