Two North Vernon men charged with 48 counts of attempted murder, conspiracy

Two North Vernon men were arrested Thursday morning following an incident in which shots were fired into a vehicle containing six people in the area of Hill Top Mobile Home Park on Seymour’s near east side.

Alvin Huttsell, 19, was arrested for 48 counts of attempted murder, while Robert Dennis Rummel, 20, was arrested for 48 counts of conspiracy to commit attempted murder and 48 counts of assisting a criminal, according to a news release from Lt. C.J. Foster.

At about 11:13 p.m. Wednesday, patrol officers with the Seymour Police Department responded to the area of the mobile home park at 115 S. O’Brien St. in reference to shots being fired.

When police arrived in the area, they found several bullet holes in a white Jeep SUV, Foster said.

As officers began the investigation, they learned the incident had occurred behind Captain D’s restaurant at 831 E. Tipton St. Detectives were then called to the area to conduct interviews and process the scene.

Police then learned the suspect vehicle possibly involved in incident was seen being driven east on Tipton Street from the location after the shots were fired, Foster said.

As the investigation continued, police were able to determine the suspect vehicle was in the Jeffersonville area. Sometime before 3 a.m. Thursday, patrol officers with the Jeffersonville Police Department found the suspect vehicle along with two occupants, later identified as Huttsell and Rummel.

The men were taken into custody by Jeffersonville police and brought with the vehicle to the Seymour police station at 205 N. Ewing St., Foster said.

When the suspects were interviewed, Huttsell admitted to being the shooter, and Rummel admitted to driving the vehicle, Foster said.

Investigators were able to determine at least eight shots had been fired at the Jeep SUV. Since there were six people in the vehicle when the shots were fired, Huttsell and Rummel were each charged with one count of each offense for each victim in the vehicle for the eight shots that were fired, Foster said.

The incident is believed to have started with two individuals arguing about another individual, Foster said.

Rummel was booked into the Jackson County Jail in Brownstown at 7:38 a.m. Thursday, and Huttsell was booked into the jail at 7:29 a.m. Both were being held without bond Thursday evening.