Teen charged in firing gun at bus stop

April 19, 2019

An 18-year-old Fort Wayne man, identified in February as a local high school student, was charged this week with carrying a firearm on a school bus and criminal recklessness.

Krystopher Lemar Acoff of the 900 block of Arbordale Place, was identified on Fort Wayne Community Schools video footage as the bus rider who pulled a gun from his backpack and later fired it at Colerick and Reed streets, according to court documents.

No one was injured in the gunfire.

Acoff was on school bus 320 on Feb. 25 and can be observed pulling a firearm from a backpack and sliding it back into his backpack, court documents said.

Before getting off the bus, Acoff removed the firearm from the backpack and stuck it into the front pocket of his red hoodie.

On an outside north-facing camera on the front of the bus, Acoff is seen at Colerick and Reed “reacting” to something to the east. Acoff walks or runs backward going south on Winter Street and at one point, “appears to take aim and fire at something to the north,” court documents said.

The area of the shooting is residential and “completely surrounded by homes,” court documents said.

Acoff then runs away, wearing black pants with white stripes on them, red shoes and the red hooded sweatshirt.

Footage from Northrop High School shows Acoff on the same day wearing the same clothes, court documents said.

When the shooting came to light, Fort Wayne police spokesman Mark Bieker said the shooting occurred just before 5 p.m. Feb. 25. Fifteen minutes after the shooting, officers found 12 shell casings of two different sizes in the street on Colerick east of Reed Street, which may have indicated gunfire was exchanged.

If there was another shooter, the second shooter has not been identified.

The day after the shooting occurred, Northrop Principal Jason Witzigreuter wrote a letter saying that a student had been removed from the high school after school officials determined the student was involved in a shooting at a bus stop the day before.

In February, district spokeswoman Krista Stockman said the shooters involved in the incident “did not seem to be targeting the bus.” Stockman declined to say Thursday whether Acoff was or is a Northrop student.

Acoff was charged Wednesday with felony possession of a firearm on school property and criminal recklessness committed with a deadly weapon. A warrant has been issued for Acoff’s arrest, and projected bond is $5,000.

Matthew LeBlanc of The Journal Gazette contributed to this story.