A teenager shot in the back by another teen last week during a robbery will likely be paralyzed from the waist down for the rest of his life, according to court papers filed Friday in Allen Superior Court.
Walik Whiteside, 16, was charged as an adult in the shooting that occurred in a south-side alley. He faces felony counts of robbery and aggravated battery.
The night of Oct. 12, Whiteside and the teen met in the alley just south of the 800 block of Colerick Street, near Weisser Park, to smoke marijuana, court papers stated.
At a secluded spot in the alley, Whiteside pulled a revolver and demanded the teen’s money. When the teen tried to run away, Whiteside shot him once in the back knocking him to the ground. Keeping the gun trained on him, Whiteside ordered him to empty his pockets, court papers said.
The victim complied, and Whiteside fled toward John Street with his money. The victim called 911 about 8:10 p.m. to report the shooting and told dispatchers that Whiteside had shot him, court papers said.
The victim was taken in serious condition to a hospital where his condition was downgraded to critical that night, Fort Wayne police said. The bullet, lodged in his spine, could not be removed, and he will probably be a paraplegic for the remainder of his life, court papers said. His name and age have not been released, and an update on his condition was not available Friday.
Just before 9:30 the night of the shooting, police found Whiteside at his home and arrested him. In his dresser, police discovered three .38-caliber rounds. Whiteside’s great uncle, who lives in the home, told police he was missing two revolvers, including a short-barrel .38 with wooden grips, according to court papers.
Two days after the shooting, police spoke with the victim who told them that Whiteside shot him with a short-barrel revolver with wooden grips. The victim said he thought the gun was a .38 special, court papers stated.
Police interviewed Whiteside with his mother present, and he acknowledged that he was in the alley with the victim but denied shooting him. Whiteside told police the victim wanted to buy a gun from him and that they met in the alley to discuss the deal, court papers said.
Whiteside, of the 7800 block of Glenoak Parkway, was being held Friday at the Allen County Lockup in lieu of $35,000 bail.