Location of Wednesday's shooting
Fort Wayne Police were searching for two suspects in a boy's fatal shooting Wednesday afternoon in the 900 block of Hugh Street. Meanwhile, the local NAACP planned to discuss proposed changes to halt gun violence on a national and local level.
According to Fort Wayne Police Chief Rusty York, the most recent fatal shooting occurred at around 12:32 p.m. A 17-year-old boy was fatally shot in the back yard of a home.
Several calls were received about shots being fired in the area, along with a call about a person being shot. According to York, the boy still had a heartbeat when medics arrived on the scene but died shortly after that. York said witnesses reported the boy was chased by two suspects into the yard, then multiple shots were fired.
According to a release from the Fort Wayne Police Department, witnesses reported seeing multiple people fleeing the area. A canine unit assisted in the investigation and attempted a track, which ended nearby.
Detectives are speaking with witnesses, and technicians are processing the crime scene for evidence. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact police or Crime Stoppers.
York described the suspects as African-American men in their 20s. York said witnesses identified the shooter as wearing a dark-hooded sweatshirt. York told reporters that the shooting was potentially gang-related.
"I don't think I'm premature in saying we are dealing with gangs, drugs and guns," York said.
This is the sixth fatal shooting in Fort Wayne city limits since March 14. Of those six, one was a suspect in a woman's homicide earlier that day who was killed by police during a hostage-taking. If a homicide is declared in this death, it would be the 15th this year in Allen County, with all but one inside the city limits.
York said the city is working with the FBI on a spate of violence. He told our media partner, WANE, NewsChannel 15, that the city is forming a task force to target gang violence beginning next week.
The NAACP planned to announce today a series of proposals to prevent further gun violence. All of the county's homicides this year have resulted from gunshots. Among the NAACP's proposals: making background checks universal, banning assault weapons and capping magazine clip capacity at 10 bullets.
See news-sentinel.com later Thursday afternoon for more.