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Posted on Mon. Jan. 21, 2013 - 12:15 am EDT

Homicide victim a felon, had 2006 brush with death

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The man shot to death Saturday on Fort Wayne’s south end was a convicted felon who survived a 2006 shooting that nearly took his life.

The Allen County Coroner’s Office identified the man as 30-year-old Jermaine D. Foster, a city resident.

Saturday’s shooting was reported about 4:10 p.m. in the 7900 block of Serenity Drive, near South Anthony Boulevard and Tillman Road. At the scene, officers found Foster in a vehicle, and medics pronounced him dead, city police said.

Nearby, in an apartment building at 7962 Serenity Drive, officers found a second man who had been shot. He was taken to a hospital in serious condition, police said.

That man’s identity has not been released. An update on his condition was not available Sunday.

It remains unclear how the shooting occurred and what precipitated it. Police said neighbors reported hearing two volleys of gunfire. Nothing suggested that the victims had fired any shots, according to police.

Investigators encountered dozens of shell casings at the larger-than-usual crime scene, which included several apartment buildings, parking lots and much of Serenity Drive, a street that runs past Centennial Townhomes and Arbors of South Towne Square Apartments.

Several people witnessed the shooting, but they left before speaking to officers, police said. Investigators asked that those people contact police.

Officer Chris Felton, a police spokesman, said Sunday night that investigators had no suspects in the case and had not determined a motive.

Foster’s death was the second homicide of 2013 in the city and county, the coroner’s office said.

Saturday was not the first time Foster had been the victim of gun violence. He was badly hurt in a shooting May 18, 2006, according to Journal Gazette archives.

That afternoon, he flagged down a squad car near South Anthony Boulevard and Eckart Street. Suffering from gunshot wounds, he collapsed in front of the cruiser after parking his own car, and he was taken to a hospital in critical condition.

Police then believed Foster was shot while driving near Derbyshire and Montford drives, more than two miles south of where he collapsed. No one was immediately arrested in connection with that shooting.

A review of court and prison records showed that Foster had been sentenced to time behind bars. From 2002 to 2007, he was convicted of nine felonies in Allen County, including marijuana possession, cocaine possession, carrying a handgun without a license, possession of a handgun with an obliterated serial number and resisting law enforcement, according to the Indiana Department of Correction.

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