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1st shooter in attack on ambulance gets 60 years

Jackson

FORT WAYNE – Traneilous L. Jackson has been sentenced to 60 years in prison on multiple counts of attempted murder and other charges after admitting in Allen Superior Court to being one of two shooters who riddled an ambulance and a Chevrolet Impala with bullets Sept. 9.

He pleaded guilty last month, saying, "I intended to kill Jermaine Loyall, Domonic Loyall, Latasha Loyall and Lashanda Conwell."

His target was a man in the ambulance, one who had just been stabbed in a north-side nightclub, as well as that man's family and friends, Jackson said.

In return for his plea, prosecutors recommended that Jackson be sentenced to 60 years on a slew of charges, including four counts of attempted murder. Jackson is described in court documents as a member of the MOB street gang.

Dontay D. Martin of Fort Wayne has also pleaded guilty to charges in connection with the case. He had not yet been sentenced.

Jackson and Martin were identified as the shooters of the ambulance within days of the violent episode, which began with a stabbing inside Piere's nightclub, 5629 St. Joe Road.

Someone stabbed 29-year-old Jermaine Loyall with a broken beer bottle, according to police, and soon afterward medics had loaded him into an ambulance and were taking him to a local hospital.

Loyall's sisters, Latasha and Domonic Loyall, and his friend Lashanda Conwell, hopped into a black Impala and followed the emergency vehicle.

While the ambulance and Impala made their way through city streets, a Crown Victoria pulled up alongside them with Jackson in the front passenger seat and Martin in the rear passenger seat, according to court documents.

Soon thereafter, bullets began to pepper the vehicles, with both the ambulance and Impala sustaining 16 to 20 bullet holes each, according to court documents.

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