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Accused gunman in Elkhart shooting faces three charges of attempted murder

John Taylor IV faces three charges of attempted murder in connection with a shooting incident in Elkhart last week.
Justin Leighty
Posted on Nov. 3, 2011 at 1:00 a.m. | Updated on Nov. 3, 2011 at 12:52 p.m.

GOSHEN — A teen arrested last week after an Elkhart shooting wounded two people now faces three charges of attempted murder.

John W. Taylor IV, 19, of 903 S. Second St., Elkhart, faces up to 50 years in prison on each charge.

Taylor had his first appearance in Elkhart Circuit Court this morning and said his mom is working on hiring an attorney to represent him.

Taylor told police Oct. 27 that he’d had an altercation with Chamar Jackson at a restaurant the day before, according to a police affidavit.

Jackson showed a gun, so Taylor told police he went to his sister’s apartment where he’d been staying, “borrowed his sister’s car and put an SKS rifle that he had bought previously in the trunk of his car,” according to the affidavit by Cpl. Rose Privett.

Taylor went to the restaurant but didn’t find Jackson, so he drove around and spotted Jackson in a car in the 2100 block of Pennsylvania, he told police. “John Taylor took the SKS gun out of the trunk and fired several rounds into the car where Chamar Jackson, Avery Copeland and Michael Raeder were sitting,” according to Privett’s affidavit.

Police got the call at 3:25 p.m. and found Raeder bleeding with a gunshot wound to his arm and Copeland with a wound to the back where a bullet grazed him, according to the affidavit. Jackson was uninjured.

Judge Terry Shewmaker scheduled Taylor to go on trial Jan. 9.

Taylor remains in the Elkhart County Jail with bond set at $250,000.



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