One Dead, Six Injured After Shooting near Ball State
MUNCIE, IN(NewsLink) - One teenager has died after a shooting that happened near Ball State’s campus Saturday morning.
17-year-old Daymarr Kennedy died at 11:45 a.m. Monday at IU Ball Memorial Hospital, according to the Delaware County Coroner’s Office.
The shooting occurred at a house party at 12: 45 a.m. Saturday in the 2400 block of Euclid Ave, a street only separated from the campus by a fence.
Muncie Police Chief Joe Winkle said seven were shot in total and three were left in critical condition, one of those three being Kennedy. At least two people were airlifted to nearby hospitals to treat their injuries. Only one student shot was a Ball State student.
19-year-old suspect Va Shaun Harnett has been arrested on two charges of attempted murder and is being held at the Delaware County Jail without bond.
It is believed the shooting began due to an ongoing family dispute between Harnett and Spelmon Allen, 19, according to court documents. “Evidently there was some kind of a confrontation inside of the house. Turned into a shooting,” said Winkle.
Documents say the dispute began after Allen pointed a gun at one of Harnett’s friends. Harnett pushed Allen’s arm away, which prompted Allen to turn the gun on Harnett. That’s when Harnett pulled out a 9-millimeter handgun and shot Allen three times in the chest or stomach area.
“It must’ve been fast shots because it was like bang, bang, bang, bang, you know,” said neighbor Bobbie Jordan.
Harnett then left the house and went to the driveway where he saw Kennedy and Tyler Childers standing over Allen and “digging in [his] pants.” He asked them to stop before firing at both Childers and Kennedy. After he shot the two, Harnett called police, placed his gun in the back of his car, and waited for police to arrive before he was taken into custody.
Harnett admitted neither Childers nor Kennedy posed any threat to him.