Grand jury indicts four on various charges for 2021 Lafayette shootings
LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Patrick Dontrelle Cross and Ezekiel Salinas walked into Scott Minniear's house on Commanche Trail on April 23, 2021, and Cross shot Minniear, according to grand jury indictments unsealed this week.
Cross, 21, Salinas, 22, along with Brittany Deborah Frazier and Morgan Wynn Jr. all face dozens of felony charges from the indictments ranging from several charges of burglary, robbery, intimidation, as well as a firearm sentence-enhancing charge.
In addition to these charges, Cross faces 32 charges, including attempted murder. Wynn faces 28 charges, including dealing meth and perjury charges. Salinas faces 28 charges, including a perjury charge. Frazier faces 27 charges.
Fraizer, 25, who is from Lafayette, drove the trio to Minniear's house in the 3000 block of Commanche Drive, according to the indictments.
Wynn, 23, who is from Colburn, initially went inside Minniear's house about 9:45 a.m. April 23, 2021, while the other three waited in the car, according to the indictments. When Wynn returned, Cross and Salinas went inside Minniear's house, according to the indictments.
Once inside, Cross, who has a Lafayette address, drew a sidearm and shot Minniear, leaving Minniear critically injured before they left.
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Minniear managed to call 911 to report the attack and was rushed to a local hospital for treatment.
The four currently are incarcerated at the Tippecanoe County Jail.
Frazier and Wynn have been there since Jan. 26, 2023. Salinas, who has a Lafayette address, has been jailed since Feb. 6, 2022, and Cross has been jailed since Jan. 11, 2023.
The grand jury also linked Cross to a second shooting.
About 12 hours before allegedly shooting Minniear, Cross pulled a gun in the 1500 block of North 13th Street and allegedly fired at least eight shots, hitting a house in the area, according to grand jury indictments and Lafayette police reports on the incident.
No one was hit by the rounds.
Grand jurors suspected Cross was the shooter and indicted him on three counts of intimidation, as well as charges of criminal recklessness for shots into a building, criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon, pointing a firearm, carrying a handgun without a license.
For the April 22, 2021, shooting, grand jurors also charged Cross with a sentence-enhancing charge of gang activity, indicating Cross is a member of a gang or was acting at the direction of the gang or in the interest of the gang, according to the indictment.
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