MUNCIE, Ind. – Police in Muncie are investigating a fatal shooting of a teen outside a downtown restaurant that was prompted by a prison sentence.
Officers were dispatched to a Thai restaurant in the 300 block of West Main Street around noon on Thursday on a report of a woman shot.
The victim, 17-year-old Allayzia Jackson, was transported to the hospital in serious condition, but she later succumbed to her injuries.
The shooting was in connection with the sentencing of 20-year-old Deshaun W. Jackson. Jackson was found guilty of conspiracy to commit burglary and attempted burglary on Aug. 2, and this morning he was sentenced to 25 years in prison. The courthouse was packed with family members.
The victim in the burglary was one of Jackson’s relatives, and his grandmother testified that the incident caused a rift in their family, according to the Muncie Star Press. Half of the family seemed to support Jackson, while the other half supported the victim.
The incident began inside the courtroom and spilled out into the parking lot of the restaurant.
The scene of the shooting was just two blocks west of the courthouse. About a dozen people witnessed the shooting.
Police are looking into the circumstances leading up to the shooting and the possibility of self defense.
A woman turned herself in to police for questioning and was later released. Police say she had a gun in her car, not in the courthouse. She is also related to Jackson. Police have not released her name.