“36-Year-Old Arrested in Connection to Deadly Mass Shooting in Muncie”

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36-year-old John L. Vance Jr. of Yorktown has been arrested in connection to the deadly mass shooting at a block party in Muncie. He faces preliminary charges of aggravated battery, criminal recklessness, and possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon. Vance has a history of previous convictions, including domestic battery and unlawful possession of a firearm. The victims positively identified Vance as the perpetrator. The prosecutor’s office is reviewing the case and expects to file formal charges soon. 17 people were wounded in the shooting, with seven still in the hospital. shooting-block-party-suspect-arrest-john-vance/531-58eefa73-1677-4d8f-a538-5ffe7d711e13″ target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>WTHR.com staff reported

Arrest Made in Connection to Deadly Mass shooting at Muncie Block Party

MUNCIE, Ind. — A 36-year-old man from Yorktown, John L. Vance Jr., was arrested on Tuesday afternoon during a traffic stop in connection to the deadly mass shooting at a block party in Muncie over the weekend. According to court documents, Vance is facing preliminary charges of two counts of aggravated battery, criminal recklessness, and possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon.

Vance was arrested as a passenger in the car during the traffic stop, and his bail has been set at $105,000. He has a previous criminal history that includes convictions for domestic battery, dealing in cocaine, unlawful possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon, and battery resulting in bodily injury.

Victims who were shot during the incident told police that they witnessed Vance arguing with 30-year-old Joseph Bonner, who was later identified as the man who died at the scene. According to court documents, one of the victims saw punches being thrown before Vance retrieved a “Glock-style handgun” and fired five to six shots.

The prosecutor’s office is currently reviewing the case and expects to file formal charges in the coming days. However, Vance’s preliminary charges do not currently include those related to the killing of Bonner. A total of 17 people were wounded and one person was injured by a fleeing car during the block party. As of Wednesday, seven individuals are still in the hospital, with three in stable condition in both Indianapolis and Muncie.

The block party, which had an estimated attendance of between 500 and 1,000 people, had received a noise ordinance exemption for up to 75 attendees. The city officials confirmed that they were working to contact the owner to shut down the event but did not have officers present at the time of the shooting. Police were able to move in as people dispersed.

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