Shooting injury could leave victim paralyzed

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – The victim from a shooting at the intersection of McKey and Gay Streets on October 23 could face paralysis after suffering three bullet wounds, according to the affidavit for probable cause. Police charged a suspect in the shooting on Monday.

Socrates Bragg Jr., 18, of Fort Wayne was charged with criminal recklessness and aggravated battery after the victim in the shooting said he was set up. 

According to the affidavit for probable cause, Robert and Dwayne Dies were found near Lafayette Street and Butler Street. Dwayne was found unresponsive with a gunshot wound to his chest. While Dwayne was being treated for his wound he told an officer he was set up by a man who is confined to a wheelchair. Police learned that man was close friends with a man named Socrates Bragg Jr.

The probable cause later states Dies was in the intensive care unit. He was treated for three gunshot wounds, but one of the bullets lodged against his spinal cord, which could cause him to be permanently paralyzed.

Dies’ father, Robert, was able to give police a description of the man who shot them, describing him as a “tall, thin, black male with very light skin”.

In the affidavit, the officer looked up Bragg Jr. and said he matched the description that was given. The officer went to the hospital where Dies was been treated and took six different photos of similar looking individuals and provided to Dies and his father. Out of the photos provided, both identified Bragg out of the line up as the shooter.

Police served a high-risk profile warrant near St. Marys Avenue and High Street Friday. A standoff ensued and after nearly three hours, police were able to arrest Bragg.

Police interview Bragg, according to the affidavit. He didn’t admit to the shooting and told police he was “walking to the other side of town” on the night of the shooting.

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