FORT WAYNE – As the man raised his arm to protect himself, a bullet shattered his left forearm. The shooter then fired at least three more times.
Those bullets hit the man in the chest, abdomen and lower leg.
He might never have feeling or use of his left hand again.
Police said the shooting was the result of a drug deal gone awry. On Thursday, Jordan M. Jackson, 24, of the 6700 block of Maysville Road, was charged with robbery, aggravated battery and carrying a handgun without a license.
The handgun charge is enhanced to a more serious felony punishable by three to eight years in prison because Jackson was convicted in 2011 of carrying a handgun without a license, according to Allen County court records. The robbery charge carries a sentence of 20 to 50 years upon conviction.
On the evening of April 2, Jackson met the victim in a sport utility vehicle on Florence Avenue on Fort Wayne’s northwest side to buy a quarter-pound of marijuana from him, according to a probable cause affidavit.
Jackson got out of the SUV with the marijuana without paying for it after the victim showed it to him. When the victim asked where he was going, Jackson pulled a gun, the affidavit said.
The victim raised his arm in a defensive move just as gunfire erupted.
A bullet hit him in the left forearm and shattered the bone. A steel bar had to be put in place of the bone, and the victim will not regain feeling of in his left hand for at least a year, if ever, doctors told police.
The victim, who has not been charged, was then shot three more times.
Another person in the SUV told police a bullet passed right by his face.
Police found fingerprints in the victim’s SUV that matched Jackson’s, the report said.
Jackson was not in custody Thursday evening. A warrant was issued for his arrest.