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Thursday, September 14, 2017 1:00 am

Suspect in shooting of driver faces charges

JAMIE DUFFY | The Journal Gazette

Christopher Moore shot Brianna Waller in the face and arm after he ran up to her car as she was leaving Burger King for the night about 1:15 a.m.

“Give me the money,” he yelled as she drove off, inadvertently dragging Moore, 24, of the 8600 block of Chesterfield Run, from the back of her car July 25, according to court records.

Dramatic surveillance video of Moore being dragged through a nearby intersection shows him trailing the vehicle and, shortly afterward, running back through the intersection toward the Burger King at 324 E. Jefferson Blvd. where Waller worked.

Waller made it to Lutheran Hospital, according to court documents, but was in critical condition. She was transferred to IU Medical Center in Indianapolis where she underwent reconstructive surgery to her eye socket, nasal passage and cheek. She was also intubated so she could breathe because her throat started to swell shut, court documents said.

The doctor told police that Waller, 26, is now partially blind in her left eye because of the shooting.

Moore was luckier. His friends noticed he had his hands bandaged and he had cuts, scrapes and injuries to his hands, arms, back and buttocks. At a party shortly after the shooting, he showed people his buttocks that were cut up and “road rashed” from being dragged, court documents said.

Moore was charged Wednesday in Allen Superior Court with robbery resulting in serious bodily injury, aggravated battery and criminal recklessness committed with a deadly weapon in the July 25 shooting. He was arrested in late August in Chicago.

Moore told a friend he shot the woman, “but it was not supposed to happen like that,” according to court documents.

Moore was nervous because when he was dragged, he lost his hat and shoe and was worried that police had evidence on him, court documents said.

Waller described the gunman as being clad in all dark clothing. Surveillance video from nearby local businesses showed Moore wearing all dark clothing getting out of a Dodge Charger from the alley next to Burger King. Police were able to get a license plate number and found it was registered to a relative of Moore.

Moore told a friend that after he was dragged, he hid at a nearby gas station with a homeless person until his cousin picked him up, court records said.

On Aug. 29, Moore was arrested in Chicago by U.S. marshals. During the booking, authorities noticed Moore had scars on his right hand and right side of his head. The scars still had signs of healing, records said.

By Sept. 6, he was at the Allen County Jail. He was being held in lieu of $125,000 bail, according to an Allen County Jail spokesman.

Other charges against Moore include two misdemeanors for resisting law enforcement and leaving the scene of an accident, domestic battery and a felony battery charge. For these he was being held without bail, a jail spokesman said.