Judge Joel Powless has set bond at $1-million for a 19-year-old Salem man charged with shooting another Salem man as he stood on the front porch of his home.
Nathanial Fink of South Lincoln was formally charged in Marion County Court on Friday with a Class X felony of aggravated battery as well as the aggravated discharge of a firearm in connection with the Thursday night shooting of 20-year-old Alexander Russell at his home in the 1100 block of West Elm Street.
Russell was initially taken to Salem Township Hospital and then airlifted to a St. Louis area hospital where he underwent surgery. A family member indicated early Friday Russell was in stable condition and expected to survive.
State’s Attorney Bill Milner, in his probable cause statement to the court on Friday, said Russell identified the person who shot him the abdomen as Fink. A Marion County Sheriff’s Deputy assisting Salem Police in looking for Fink located him near his home on South Lincoln where deputies and Salem Police took him into custody without incident.
Milner said Russell told police several people tried to jump him earlier near DJ’s Party Supply at Main and Illinois. He had gone home and was standing on the porch of his home when Fink reportedly drove up and shot him. A female on the porch with Russell was not injured.
Milner also told the judge the gun believed to be involved in the shooting was found in brush near the area of Fink’s apartment and ammunition for the gun was found in his car.
Milner had asked for the $1-million bond while Public Defender Craig Griffin appointed for the bond hearing had asked for just a $10,000 bond based on Fink’s lack of a criminal record.
Fink said his intent was to hire private counsel. A preliminary hearing in the case is set for August 7th.