Court docs estimate 17-year-old was shot 11 times at east side sandwich shop

Jaylen Ryle (Courtesy Lawrence PD)
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LAWRENCE, Ind. (WTHR) — Court documents released Thursday show a 17-year-old was shot nearly a dozen times at an east side sandwich shop.

Police spoke with witnesses and viewed surveillance video of that deadly shooting on Saturday, Aug. 10 at the Penn Station sub shop on Pendleton Pike.

18-year-old Jaylen Ryle is being charged with knowingly or intentionally kill 17-year-old Connor Turner.

None of the witnesses mentioned Turner verbally threatening Ryle, as Ryle previously claimed two people "threatened to kill him."

Ten spent 9mm casings were recovered from inside the business.

An autopsy estimate Connor Turner was shot 11 times.

Ryle made his initial court appearance Thursday afternoon, showing no emotion in the courtroom or as he was led back to jail.

His parents and several family and friends attended the hearing but offered no comment.

A not guilty plea was entered for Ryle. He is held without bond and ordered to have no contact with witnesses in the shooting. His trial is scheduled for Oct. 21.

"These charges are really the result of continued tunnel vision from the prosecutor's office when it comes to self-defense and the double standard they give police officers and citizens,” said Ryle’s attorney, David Hennessy, after the court hearing. “Citizens and police officers have the exact same authority to use deadly force to protect themselves. The facts will all come out. They're relying really on a video. The video never tells the whole story."

According to the affidavit description of the video, Turner entered the business at 5:21 p.m., and Ryle arrived 15 minutes later.

Two minutes after that, Turner walked toward the front of the business and exchanged words with Ryle and untucked his white shirt and placed his hands out, palms facing toward Ryle.

Then, Ryle pulled a handgun from the right side of his waistline and fired multiple shots at Turner from a close distance. As Turner attempted to run away and fell face down onto the floor, Ryle moved closer and continued to fire shots.

Police began chest compressions on Turner at the business and say he later died at the hospital.

Ryle stayed at the scene and was arrested with the gun in his car. He holds a valid Indiana lifetime permit to carry a gun.

Ryle graduated from Lawrence Central High School in June. Turner just started his senior year at the school. Police believe they knew, or at least knew of, each other.

The funeral for Turner will be held 11 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 17 at Old Bethel United Methodist Church with a visitation that morning at 9 a.m.