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Neighbor Tries to Save Shooting Victim's Life

Evansville Police are still searching for a suspect they say gunned down a 19-year-old over the weekend while he was in his car.

Posted: May 10, 2021 6:55 PM
Updated: May 10, 2021 7:03 PM

19-year-old Ajayden Ware was shot several times in the chest while sitting in his car around 2:40 a.m. Saturday morning.

And while he survived at first -- driving off and crashing into some neighbors trashbins -- he later died at the hospital.

Alyesa Harpe was asleep when Ajayden Ware crashed his car outside of her home.

"My boyfriend's mom was in the room and she was like, 'Get up get up get up," she said.

Police say Ware was sitting in his car -- parked near Riverside Drive and Pollack Ave -- when he was shot.

"She said get the fire extinguisher -- the car is on fire," Harpe said. "Well as soon as we get outside -- the dude turned off the car and it just stopped."

Across the street -- Morgan Aldridge was laying in bed watching TV -- when she heard the commotion.

"I thought someone had hit the construction equipment across the street," she said.

Once she opened her window and saw Ware's vehicle smoking, she rushed across the street to help.

"I couldn't just let him sit in a car that was almost on fire and burning up," she said.

While trying to save Ware's life, Aldridge was able to talk with him briefly.

"He was making noise -- he was terrified," she said. "He was crying."

So far, EPD has no suspects in the case. But officers and neighbors both say it is another senseless death.

"Why did this kid have to die?" Aldridge said.

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Temperatures dipped back into the upper 30s and low 40s for many of us early this morning, marking our coldest start to a day in Evansville (where we fell to 41°) in more than a week. Fortunately, the chilly start to the day didn't mean that our afternoon would be a loss, it was anything but - in fact, after seeing temperature around 57° by our lunch hour, afternoon highs crept back into the mid to low 60s area-wide; we hit 63° in the River City - while that's still 2° shy of the norm for October 27th, we'll take a 3° increase over yesterday's high of 60°. The clear skies that allowed temperatures to climb as high as they did earlier on however, are on their way out as our next round of rainfall inches ever closer. The remainder of the evening ahead should remain dry, but isolated rainfall will return to the Tri-State as early as the overnight and predawn hours Thursday.
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