New charges for suspect in Thanksgiving home invasion, shootings

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) – A man in custody in connection with the shooting deaths of three people and the wounding of two others on Thanksgiving night will face new, more substantial charges.

Court records on Tuesday showed that Kameron Joyner faces three counts of murder, two counts of attempted murder and an additional charge of criminal recklessness committed with a deadly weapon.

Initial charges, noted just after Joyner’s arrest, were five preliminary counts of aggravated battery.

Joyner was taken into custody following a traffic stop near the intersection of Rudisill Blvd. and Clinton Street hours after the incident at a home in the 6100 block of Downingtown Drive.

Three people at that location were killed, and two others critically hurt in the shooting. An affidavit suggests the home was being used to store or deal marijuana.

Police were still searching Tuesday for a second suspect, Gerald Pinkston, who they describe as armed and dangerous.

Kameron Joyner (left) and Gerald Pinkston (right)

Those killed were identified as Joevonn M. Johnson, 23; Colton D. Messmer, 20; and Tracey A. Andrews, 21.

Anyone with information on Pinkston or on the crime is encouraged to contact Crime Stoppers at 260-436-7867 or call 911.


Jonathan Shelley

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