INDIANAPOLIS (WISH/AP) - The teen accused of shooting nine of 10 people in downtownIndianapolis following an Indiana Black Expo event on July 17 is facing 14 criminal charges.
Shamus Patton, 17, was in Court 22 Monday morning whereprosecutor Carl Brizzi read the 12 felony charges and twomisdemeanors against him.
Court documents released Monday detail witnessstatements regarding the shooting and include new details onPatton's gang involvement as well as the gangs involved in theshooting.
Patton now faces more than 100 years in prison. In a probablecause affidavit, he is accused of 14 crimes that include criminalgang activity.
When the family of Shamus Patton showed up to see the17-year-old's first appearance in adult court, the prosecutorshowed up to personally throw the book at him and Patton's attorneyasked the judge for a gag order.
"It's now time to bring this issue back to the courtroom," saidattorney Eugene Hollander.
But the judge set a hearing for next month on that request.
Patton heads to the Marion County Jail to be held on $250,000bond. Court documents say that 15 shell casings recovered from thesite of two Black Expo shootings match cartridges found in Patton'spossession.
A "not guilty" plea was entered on his behalf and after thehearing it was his mother who wanted to talk, first sending amessage to the families of the nine teenagers wounded in theshootings.
"I apologize to the family," said Barbara Turentine, "and, youknow, I'm sorry…but."
"What are you apologizing for?" asked 24 Hour News 8's JimShella.
"I understand how they must feel," she said. "their child beingshot and what they're going through because I know how I felt whenmy son was shot and what I'm going through."
If Patton was retaliating for a prior shooting, it's evidence,Prosecutor Carl Brizzi says, of criminal gang activity. He saysPatton belonged to a gang known at the Ratchet Boyz and wasshooting at members of a gang known as the Grimmie Boyz.
"The defendant," said Brizzi, "as alleged in the probable causeaffidavit is a know gang member and this incident at Expo wasfueled by a feud between these two gangs, the Ratchet Boyz and theGrimmie Boyz, we think that's important information to getout."
In the probable cause affidavit, police say that Patton alsobelonged to a second gang, the Savage Boyz, and that both theSavage Boyz and the Ratchet Boyz are, "extremely violent and havebeen involved in violent crimes."
A conviction on the charge of criminal gang activity would add20 years to a sentence for Shamus Patton.
A trial has been set for October.
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