Man charged after shots fired in midtown neighborhood

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MARTELL L. JENKINS

MARTELL L. JENKINS

A Chicago man is accused of firing a handgun at people in a St. Joseph neighborhood.

Martell Jenkins, 32 is charged in Buchanan County with a felony of unlawful possession of a firearm.

Capt. Jeff Wilson with the St. Joseph Police Department said officers responded to the 900 block of S. 15th St. Sunday around 2:20 p.m. in reference to a call of shots fired. Wilson said witnesses reported that a white passenger vehicle occupied by at least four subjects was parked in the street. He said it was further stated that two of the people in the vehicle fired shots at two houses in that block. Wilson said the vehicle then left the area. Officers recovered shell casings at the scene.

According to court documents, Det. Blaine Seymour with the St. Joseph Police Department said a witness stated Jenkins fired a handgun during a disturbance at two people in the street in that area.  Seymour said shortly after midnight officers responded to an apartment in the 2400 block of Francis where Jenkins was located and found a pistol.  Court document stated Jenkins is from the Chicago area and has plans to return to that area.

Jenkins is currently being held without bail in the Buchanan County Jail.  He’s due in court Friday for an arraignment.