MUNCIE, Ind. (September 15, 2015) - A shootout early Sunday evening in Muncie landed two men behind bars and neighbors forced to clean up a mess left by dozens of bullets.
Muncie Police said the shooting started on S. Gharkey street and spilled onto streets nearby, including 13th Street, where neighbors reported bullet holes in their homes and cars. More than 20 shell casings were collected as part of evidence.
One woman reported bullet holes in her flowerpots that went straight through her front porch and hit the siding of her home. She said her young granddaughter was home during the shooting that happened around 4:30 p.m.
"She was playing outside in the backyard riding her bicycle and by the grace of God, we weren’t sitting out here on the porch because usually we do," she said.
One woman witnessed one of the suspected point a gun down the street. She said he fired off multiple rounds.
“I hit the floor. I was about to have a panic attack," one neighbor said.
Police arrested Deshaun Jackson and Joseph Bonner Sr. for the shooting. Bonner told police he was defending his son who was in a car being shot at by Jackson. Police collected evidence inside Jackson's car that determined he fired rounds from the passenger seat. Police also said the driver of Jackson's car, a 17-year-old male, was shot in the arm. He was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. It's not known who fired the shots that hit the teenager.
Jackson was arrested for attempted murder, criminal recklessness, and obstruction of justice. Bonner Sr. was arrested for unlawful possession of a firearm. He posted bond. Court records show Bonner Sr. has a lengthy criminal history dating back to 1987. The charges include felony charges of criminal recklessness and criminal recklessness resulting in serious bodily injury.
Police said the shootout is the result of a feud between two families that stemmed from a shooting earlier this summer.
"I hope that they’re smart enough to realize that this isn’t the answer. Just because you have a problem, doesn’t mean you pull out a gun and start firing at somebody," said Muncie Police Department Cpt. Steve Cox. “I’m afraid that it’s gonna turn much more serious, but we’re gonna do everything we can to try to prevent that.”