Argument between employees leads to shooting at Ossian workwear business; two arrested

Crime

OSSIAN, Ind. (WANE) — Two people have been arrested after a person was shot when two employees got into a fight outside a Wells County manufacturer Friday morning.

Crime scene tape surrounds the area of the parking lot of Berne Workwear where a man was shot Oct. 22, 2021.

The incident unfolded at Berne Workwear at 2501 East 850 North, on the south side of Ossian, around 10 a.m.

According to Sgt. Brian Walker with Indiana State Police, officers were called to the business on a report of multiple gunshots in the parking lot.

Police and medics arrived to find a man down in the parking lot suffering from what appeared to be multiple gunshot wounds. He was able to talk with officers and provide suspect information, Walker said.

The victim was taken to a Fort Wayne hospital. He was listed in stable condition, Walker said. His identity has not been released.

Around 10:20 a.m. police found the suspect, identified as Reonte Cliffton Moore, 28, of Fort Wayne, and another person of interest, identified as Jayana Lamia Herman, 21, of Fort Wayne, in the area of S.R. 1 and I-469, Walker said. Both were taken into custody.

Pictured are Reonte Cliffton Moore and Jayana Lamia Herman.

They were arrested on the following charges:

  • Moore
    • Attempted Murder
  • Herman
    • Aiding Aggravated Battery (Level 3 Felony)
    • Aiding Serious Violent Felon in Possession of Firearm (Level 4 Felony)

Walker said employees at the business were sent home for the day. Crime scene technicians were working at the scene.

The shooting was considered an isolated incident, Walker said.

Indiana State Police and the Wells County Sheriff’s Department are working the case, Walker said.

Berne Workwear has more than 100 employees. It is a warehouse for the apparel company. It will reopen Monday.

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