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Friday, November 01, 2019 1:00 am

Filing: Runnion victim wasn't intended target

MATTHEW LEBLANC | The Journal Gazette

A 40-year-old man killed Oct. 13 on Runnion Avenue was not the target of the shooting, according to court documents. 

Pablo Guzman Vasquez was shot to death in the 600 block of Runnion Avenue about 6 p.m., but the intended target was a homeowner in the area, a probable cause affidavit filed Thursday in Allen Superior Court states. 

An unnamed witness told police another witness wanted to rob the homeowner of “drugs, money and electronics,” the document alleges. 

Vasquez was instead gunned down. His body was found outside, with several spent shell casings nearby.

Jermaine D. Turner, 40, was arrested Wednesday and charged with murder, possession of a handgun by a serious violent offender and possession of cocaine. Investigators said he had 1.6 grams of the drug on him when he was arrested. 

A Tuesday court hearing is scheduled. 

The wife of a witness who had been driving in the area called 911 after hearing gunshots and seeing “(a man) standing over the victim shooting at him with a gun,” according to the affidavit. 

Two days later, a woman told Detective Dan Hutson of the Fort Wayne Police Department the homeowner “smacked” another woman identified as Witness 6 in court documents. That prompted Witness 6 to plan the robbery, Hutson wrote in the affidavit. 

Witness 6 told police she picked up a young man and “BD” – later identified as Turner, who reportedly had a handgun with an extended clip – and drove to an apartment, where Turner and the man walked to the front of the building to commit the robbery. She drove away after hearing gunshots and picked up Turner and the young man nearby, she told police.

“(She) stated to detectives that she heard the younger male say to (Turner), 'You were right, you were the first one to get shots off with that gun,' referring to the fact that the defendant shot somebody with a gun,” Hutson wrote. 

Witnesses chose Turner's picture from a photo lineup provided by police, and surveillance video shows him at the location of the shooting, police said. 

Turner, interviewed Wednesday by police, reportedly said he was picked up by his ex-girlfriend – Witness 6 – and taken to a house so he could help move items from the home. He denied being involved in a shooting.

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