A North Vernon man is dead following a shooting Monday evening in Country Squire Lakes. A Louisville man was arrested the next day in Louisville on a preliminary murder charge as well as two counts of attempted murder.
Donavon Booker, 23, died following the shooting that occurred at around 7 p.m. Monday, according to the Jennings County Sheriff's Office.
Stephon Moore, 30, has been charged with one count of murder and two counts of attempted murder for his involvement. He is currently being held in Louisville awaiting extradition to Jennings County.
The shooting reportedly took place outside a residence on Squire Lakes Boulevard. Booker was shot in the upper torso part of his body, said Dave Turner, chief deputy.
"At no time did we feel the general public was in any danger," Turner added.
Moore allegedly shot Booker with a 9-millimeter semiautomatic handgun.
"There was some kind of fight," said Sheriff Kenny Freeman. "The guy came up and shot the victim at point blank range. The rumors that the victim was caught in a crossfire or from a drive-by shooting are not true. The gun was pointed at him and shot. (Moore) also pointed at someone else and shot and missed. Then it misfired when (Moore) aimed at another person."
Bill Gerhard, from left, Ralph Cooley, Tom Rice and Mayor Dan Wright lay out hundreds of fresh sassafras roots to dry in preparation for the 57th annual Sassafras Tea Festival and Civil War Living History slated for April 27 and 28 in Vernon.-Submitted Photo