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Judge keeps alleged shooter behind bars

At a hearing Monday morning to determine whether Trameil Jackson should be allowed bail, Fort Wayne police detectives confirmed his affiliation to a local gang.

They also identified him as the younger brother of Traneilous L. Jackson, 25, who is serving a 60-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to attempted murder in a 2012 drive-by attack on an ambulance carrying a stabbing victim to a hospital.

Trameil Jackson, 24, of the 8500 block of Lakeside Drive, was also charged with attempted murder. In February, he was accused in the shooting of DeAndrew Moore and Devonte Jones on Feb. 11 in the area of Decatur Road and Dawnan Drive. The two men were taken to the hospital in fair condition. When he was arrested Feb. 13, Trameil Jackson was armed with a .38-caliber Charter Arms revolver. He has been identified by police as a member of the Fort Wayne street gang M.O.B.

During testimony Monday, a Fort Wayne police detective described the tattoo M.O.B. on Trameil Jackson’s abdomen, according to Allen County Deputy Prosecutor Steve Godfrey, chief counsel of the criminal division.

Prosecutors also presented a picture of Trameil Jackson amid a number of other young men flashing gang signs.

The bond for attempted murder, a Class A felony punishable by 20 to 50 years in prison, is normally $50,000. But a few days after his arrest, Allen County prosecutors asked a judge to order Jackson held without bail.

In their motion, prosecutors allege that the physical safety of another person or the community would be at risk if Jackson were allowed to bond out of the Allen County Jail.

Allen Superior Court Magistrate Judge Samuel Keirns granted their request, but Trameil Jackson’s court-appointed attorney asked to have Allen Superior Court Judge John Surbeck reconsider the matter and to reinstate a monetary bond for Trameil Jackson.

Surbeck took the request under advisement and has not made a ruling.

Traneilous Jackson and Dontay Martin were charged in the September 2012 shooting attack on an ambulance carrying a stabbing victim from a fight at a north-side night club.

Nineteen bullets penetrated the walls and glass of the ambulance and 18 more tore through the doors of the Chevrolet Impala following behind.

A Three Rivers Ambulance Authority advanced EMT was injured by bullet fragments and shrapnel inside the ambulance. All three passengers in the trailing car suffered gunshot wounds – one woman was hit at least six times. Two of the women were sisters of the patient in the ambulance, and the other a friend.

Martin was sentenced to 170 years in prison after being convicted of all nine charges against him. Traneilous Jackson pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 60 years in prison on four counts of attempted murder.

rgreen@jg.net

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