VIGO COUNTY, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — According to court documents, two juveniles reportedly met a man through Snapchat, looking to purchase marijuana when they were shot in Brookside Estates in southern Vigo County.
Police have arrested Chris Compton Jr, 18, of Terre Haute, in relation to the case. Court documents show that police used a victim’s cell phone that was left in Compton’s vehicle following the shooting to track him down.
In a probable cause affidavit filed with the Vigo County Court, police said one juvenile was left with two gunshot wounds to the abdomen, while another was grazed in the head by a bullet.
According to the victim’s mother, the situation occurred just as she was going to sleep on March 10, when she heard what sounded like four gunshots, just after her son and his friend ran into the home saying they had been shot.
One victim told police they had met Compton through Snapchat looking to purchase marijuana, after getting into Compton’s car the two gave the man around $300. At that point, Compton reportedly pointed a handgun at them and told them to get out of the car. The victim said they saw Compton begin to “mess with the safety switch” and a tussle began. A shot was fired as the victims got out of the car, Compton reportedly followed them out of the vehicle and a fight over the gun continued.
As the two were wrestling for the gun another shot was fired striking the victim in the midsection. The second victim reported then putting Compton in a headlock position when the man reportedly pointed the gun straight up at his head and fired. “He stated he couldn’t feel it initially, but knew that he had been shot in the head.”
Police found both a handgun and the victim’s cell phone in Compton’s car before placing him under arrest.
Compton has been preliminarily charged with the level 3 felony charge of aggravated battery. A Vigo County judge on Monday gave the state 72 hours to file formal charges and ordered that the Vigo County Jail hold Compton in custody on $50,000 bond, no 10% and no professional bond allowed.
Compton is scheduled to appear for an initial hearing in Vigo County Superior Court 3 on Thursday, March 16 at 10 a.m.