Attempted murder charge filed in post-crash shooting

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) The man who police said opened fire on a woman after a crash last week has been charged.

Willie L. Amos, 39, has been charged with Attempted Murder and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by a Serious Violent Felon related to an Aug. 24 incident along Fort Wayne’s south side.

Willie Amos
Willie Amos

According to a probable cause affidavit, Fort Wayne police were called just before 9 p.m. that Wednesday by Rosita York, who said she was being chased in her 2008 red Dodge Charger by Amos in a 1998 white Chevrolet SUV along Lexington Avenue from Harrison Street to Fairfield Avenue.

When the vehicles reached the intersection of Lexington Avenue and Harrison Street, York said the SUV crashed into the Charger’s rear-end and pushed it over the curb, the affidavit said. The chase continued to Fairfield Avenue, where the Charger crashed into a tree and continued through three yards before coming to rest at a tree. The SUV, meanwhile, left the roadway itself and crashed into a fence on the other side of the roadway, the affidavit said.

From there, a witness told police that Amos crawled out of the window of his SUV and, armed with a silver handgun, walked toward the Charger, the affidavit said.

As York yelled, “Don’t kill me, don’t kill me,” and “Don’t do this, don’t do this,” a witness said Amos pointed the gun and fired 2-7 shots at York. She was struck twice, the affidavit said.

Amos then walked away, the affidavit said. Police arrested him a short time later and found a gun in his back pocket, the affidavit said.

Police said he admitted to shooting York and said that “he was trying to hurt the victim by shooting her,” the affidavit said.

York was taken to a local hospital in serious condition with gunshot wounds to the knee and chest.

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