Man faces attempted murder charges after shooting near Columbian Park

Mugshot for Alain Powell provided by the Tippecanoe County Sheriff's Office.

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — A California native faces three attempted murder charges following a shooting near Columbian Park.

Twenty-five-year-old Alain Powell Jr., who currently lives in Lafayette, was charged Friday with eight counts, seven of which are considered felonies.

  • Attempted murder (3 counts)
  • Aggravated battery
  • Battery by means of a deadly weapon
  • Battery resulting in serious bodily injury
  • Criminal recklessness
  • Carrying a handgun without a license

Prosecutors are also seeking a firearm enhancement in the case in attempts to increase his sentence.

On Monday, Lafayette police were called to Franciscan Health Lafayette East, where shooting victims had shown up in the emergency room. Police found the car parked outside and saw what appeared to be blood in the vehicle and bullet holes in the passenger side doors and window.

The victims told police the shooting happened in the area of Brice and South 24th streets, near Columbian Park.

According to court documents, they say a vehicle pulled up beside them – driven by a man known as “Cali.” Cali addressed the driver, “You got a problem with my brother?” That’s when they noticed a gun. But as they pulled away, multiple shots were fired.

Police say a woman riding in the car was struck so the driver took the woman to the hospital. She was treated for bullet wounds to the shoulder and side. Police say, as of Friday, the woman still has bullet fragments in her liver and lung. Another passenger in the car had cuts from glass fragments.

The victims and two other witnesses later identified “Cali” as Powell, and as the shooter, from a photo lineup.

Those witnesses also confirmed they saw Powell fire shots into the other vehicle.

Powell was arrested Wednesday and is in the Tippecanoe County Jail.