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1 admits role in ambulance bullet barrage

Traneilous Jackson

A Fort Wayne man has admitted to his role in a brazen ambulance shooting that left several people injured last fall.

Traneilous Jackson, 24, pleaded guilty to slew of charges, including four counts of attempted murder, Monday in Allen Superior Court.

Jackson is accused of using a handgun to pepper a moving ambulance and a car trailing the emergency vehicle with bullets Sept. 9.

The ambulance had been en route to a hospital carrying a man who had been stabbed at Piere’s nightclub earlier that morning. The man’s family was in the car trailing the ambulance.

As part of a plea agreement Allen County prosecutors are recommending Jackson be ordered to serve 60 years in prison. A judge will decide to accept or reject the plea deal at Jackson’s sentencing hearing at a later date.

The shooting happened after police and paramedics responded to a stabbing at the Piere’s nightclub complex, 5629 St. Joe Road.

Inside the club, paramedics found 29-year-old Jermaine Loyall in serious condition, having been stabbed with a broken beer bottle. Medics loaded him into the ambulance and headed to a local hospital.

A black Chevrolet Impala containing two of the man’s sisters and a friend followed the ambulance, according to police.

As the two-vehicle caravan made its way down St. Joe Center Road near Towne House Retirement Community, a Crown Victoria pulled up along the side.

Jackson and 23-year-old Dontay Martin were passengers inside the Crown Victoria, according to police, and are accused of using handguns to open fire on the ambulance and Impala.

Both vehicles sustained 16 to 20 shots each.

A paramedic inside the ambulance was struck with bullet fragments, glass and shrapnel, suffering injuries to his left arm. The other two emergency workers in the ambulance were uninjured, according to court documents.

One woman in the black Impala suffered 10 gunshot wounds in various places on her body, and another was shot once in the forearm, according to court documents.

Both lived.

Emergency dispatchers were notified of the shooting from calls within the ambulance and the Impala. A few minutes later, Allen County police officers both on and off duty were able to chase the Crown Victoria and finally stop it in downtown Fort Wayne.

Two men inside jumped out and ran but were caught by police. Jackson and the driver of the Crown Victoria were arrested inside the car.

Police also found a 9 mm semiautomatic handgun on the driver’s side floorboard. The gun matched a picture of a gun stored inside Jackson’s cellphone.

During interviews with police, the driver of the Crown Victoria said Jackson wanted to shoot up the ambulance and the Impala to take revenge for the stabbing of his brother “Mel” Jackson, according to court documents.

In the days after the shooting, Jackson and Martin were both charged with four counts of attempted murder, carrying a handgun without a license and with a prior felony, battery, criminal recklessness and criminal gang activity.

The driver of the Crown Victoria as well as another passenger inside have not been charged with a crime.

Martin is scheduled to stand trial Feb. 4.