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Person of interest named in fatal Thanksgiving shooting

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) — The Fort Wayne Police department is asking for help locating a person of interest in the Thanksgiving shooting that killed three and injured two others.

The shooting happened in the 6100 block of Downingtown Drive just before 10:30 p.m. Thursday. Police say five people were shot, with three of them dying from their wounds. Two others are currently in critical condition.

Kameron J. Joyner (arrested)

Police have arrested 22-year-old Kameron J. Joyner, on five preliminary counts of aggravated battery.

Officers arrested Kameron Joyner in a traffic stop that was conducted near the intersection of Rudisill Boulevard and Clinton Streets early Friday morning. Joyner was arrested without incident.

Gerald Pinkston (person of interest)

Police are also searching for a person of interest, Gerald Pinkston, 22.

Pinkston is described as being 5’7”, about 145 pounds, and has black hair and brown eyes. Police say they have determined Pinkston was also involved in the incident, which they describe as a “home invasion”.

Anyone that knows the whereabouts of Gerald Pinkston is asked to call 911 to report your information. Pinkston should be considered armed and dangerous.

Two men and a woman died at the scene, two other men were rushed to the hospital, and at the time of this report, remained in critical condition.

We asked authorities if they believe the suspects in the “home invasion” were after drugs, money or something else.

“Home invasion and that’s where we’ll leave it, until we’re able to determine more. I mean clearly, we’re just a few hours into this, and I think we’ve made some huge steps, but we’re characterizing it as a home invasion, if we’re able to define that further we will at an appropriate time,” said Officer Michael Joyner with the Fort Wayne Police Department.

It’s not clear when the Allen County Coroner’s Office will release cause of death and identification of the three people killed in the shootings.


Jazlynn Bebout

Jazlynn Bebout is the Assignment Desk Editor and Digital Editor at WPTA. Follow her on Twitter @jazlynnsb

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