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Wednesday, January 17, 2018 1:00 am

3 victims of parking lot shooting ID'd

Woman, 21, slain while sitting in car

JAMIE DUFFY | The Journal Gazette

Three victims of a shooting early Sunday were ambushed from behind a stockade privacy fence on the north side of a convenience store at Hanna and McKinnie streets, the business's owner said Tuesday.

The Allen County coroner identified one of the victims Tuesday as Destinie Haywood, 21. Police said she was shot multiple times while sitting in a car and later died at a hospital. The vehicle was parked at a gas pump near a fence, said Angela Foster, owner of the Sunoco gas station and MyMarket convenience store.

Police identified one of the other victims as Tieranie L. Giddens, 16. She was shot in the leg in the gas station parking lot before running inside to call for help. She was in serious condition Tuesday, police said.

Keon Davall Oakley Jr., 25, was also shot in the leg before calling police from the 4500 block of Monroe Street, the street that runs parallel to Hanna. He was also in serious condition, police said.

Haywood, who lived near MyMarket, was one of the owners' favorite customers and was in and out of the store several times a day, Foster said.

Giddens is a cousin of Haywood, according to an obituary posted by Ellis Funeral Home. Funeral services for Haywood will be at Fellowship Missionary Church on Monday.

Foster, who owns the gas station and convenience store with her husband, Mo Ghaffar, said surveillance footage from 26 cameras was turned over to authorities.

Business was slower Tuesday but was expected to pick up at the popular store known for its chicken wings and french fries with lemon pepper seasoning.

For Hope Tyra, who stopped at the 24-hour MyMarket about 4 p.m. Tuesday with her children, the crime was something to fear, but she said she wouldn't be out at 1 a.m. when the shooting occurred.

“If I don't have it, I'll get it tomorrow,” Tyra said.

Her son Timothy Tyra, 16, said the shooting and others make him nervous.

“I would say that stop the guns, hide the guns at the house so kids won't get scared,” he said.

Foster said she and her husband and co-workers are heavily armed, and customers know it. The store, which has been open about two years, has never had a problem, she added.

One man who identified himself as a relative of Ghaffar, and was working inside the store, said the shootings outside were out of the store's control.

“There's nothing we can change from outside,” he said. “There's nothing we can control. It's not about time and place. It's about gun control, to be honest, and too many young people have guns.”

Anyone with any information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 436-7867. 

jduffy@jg.net