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Man admits to shooting man 'multiple times'

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) - A Fort Wayne man has admitted to trying to kill another man at a Fort Wayne bar last August.

Aarron W. Suggs pleaded guilty in Allen Superior Court Friday morning to charges of Attempted Murder and Aggravated Battery related to a shooting The Rock Tavern near Taylor Street and Broadway just after 1:30 a.m. Aug. 24.

Police were called to the bar after getting reports of gunshots at the bar. The first officers on scene arrested Suggs, then 29, in a nearby parking lot.

When other officers arrived in the area, they found two men suffering from gunshot wounds.

Police found one man across the street at the BP gas station. They found the other behind the bar near an alley. Investigators believe both men were shot near the back of the bar before running for safety. 

Medics responded shortly after police and took both men to the hospital. They were initially listed in serious condition, but doctors later determined they were in critical condition once they arrived at the hospital. 

The victims were identified by police later as 44-year-old Christopher M. Pogue and 35-year-old Jacob R. Jeffrey.

According to police, there was video surveillance footage inside the bar and at several area businesses that detectives will look at to try and piece together the details of what happened.

In court Friday, Suggs admitted to knowingly or intentionally trying to murder Pogue and intentionally causing bodily harm that would pose a potential threat of death to Jeffery.

“I shot him multiple times,” Suggs told the court of the shooting of Pogue. When asked how caused harm to Jeffery, Suggs said, “by shooting him.”

Suggs will be sentenced March 1. He faces up to 56 years in prison.


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