Police: Evansville man arrested, accused of firing shots near child care center

Police: Evansville man arrested, accused of firing shots near child care center
Jamylan Morris. (Source: Vanderburgh Co. Jail)

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - An Evansville man is in jail after officers say he fired shots in the direction of a childcare facility.

Officers say they were called to the 1300 block of Dresden Street at Fulton Square Apartment Complex for a report of shots fired around 10:30 Tuesday morning.

One caller said they heard five to six gunshots from the back of the apartments.

According to the affidavit, the apartment complex has surveillance cameras set up all around the property. Officers say the surveillance video caught the suspect exiting an apartment in the 1300 block of Shanklin Street with another person.

They say the suspect walked out into the middle of Dresden Street. The video showed the suspect looking at something or someone toward the west before officers say he pulled out what appeared to be a handgun and started to fire off rounds.

Shell casings were recovered by the crime scene unit in the spot where the video shows the suspect firing the handgun, authorities say.

They also say directly in front of where the suspect was aiming the gun was a child care center in the 1700 block of N. Seventh Avenue.

“The thing that was cause for concern for us was where the shots were fired was close to where there was a playground and four or five children in that area," says Sergeant Nick Winsett with the Evansville Police Department. "So that was a great cause of concern for us.”

Officers say they spoke to an employee at the child care center who told them she was outside on the playground with five young children when they heard the shots fired.

“Man, that’s kind of scary, isn’t it?" says Gary Maurer, a resident of the Fulton Square Apartment Complex.

The employee told officers the kids started yelling that they heard fireworks.

She told officers that before she rushed the children back inside, she saw a man on a bicycle several feet away from the daycare who was yelling. She thought he may have been yelling at the shooter.

Director of Children Services for CAPE Mary Goedde says her staff at Fulton Headstart followed all protocols when the shots were fired.

“They followed the rules exactly and followed the policies and procedures, and everything turned out great," said Goedde. "We were just lucky no children were around, and that it worked out.”

Officers say the surveillance video was clear enough to see the suspect pointing and firing the gun in the direction of the daycare. They say it also showed the suspect returning to the apartment in the 1300 block of Shanklin directly after the shots were fired.

Officers were able to secure that apartment and call the suspect outside.

When 20-year-old Jamylan Morris came out, officers believed he was the same person who fired shots in the video.

Jamylan Morris.
Jamylan Morris. (Source: Vanderburgh Co. Jail)

A search warrant was obtained and officers say they found a handgun and a magazine under a mattress.

They say Morris was arrested based on the evidence and was taken to the Vanderburgh County Jail. He is facing criminal recklessness and carrying a handgun without a license charge.

Despite the incident, some neighbors say this sort of violence seems out of the ordinary.

“I think it’s just random," says Maurer. "Somebody got mad at somebody, and they come out here and want to shoot at something.”

Others who were steps away from the gunshots don’t feel as safe. David Robling heard the shots Tuesday morning.

“I fear for my life," says Robling. "I do. I feel tension. There’s something not right here.”

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