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Last updated: Wed. Dec. 04, 2013 - 07:23 am EDT

'I'm tired of this': Shooting death could be Allen County's 44th homicide of year

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Roderick Parker approached the cordoned-off area on Oliver Street, smartphone in hand.

Though he was curious about exactly what happened to bring officers from the Fort Wayne Police Department to the area on Tuesday afternoon, in many ways, he already knew: Someone had likely been shot.

So he added a one-word question, once he was told that was true: "Dead?"

And while that detail wasn't confirmed until minutes later, once it was by FWPD spokesman Jeremy Webb, Parker simply shook his head.

He wasn't shocked, or in disbelief.

He was simply weary. Worn down.

And he took a breath, shook his head again, and said so.

"I'm tired of this."

Dubious record

Pending a ruling from the Allen County Coroner's Office, Tuesday's shooting death could be Allen County's 44th homicide of the year, tying a dubious record set in 1997.

Officers from the FWPD were dispatched to the 3800 block of Oliver Street around 3:20 p.m. to investigate reports of shots fired, according to Webb.

Upon arrival, officers found one person, a male, inside a home who had sustained multiple gunshot wounds, Webb said. That man was transported to a local hospital in critical condition, where he was later pronounced dead.

Multiple investigators and officers appeared to be focused on a gray house, with investigators exiting and entering the home.

Webb said witnesses reported that two men reportedly left the home after the shooting, leaving in a minivan. Only a general description of those men were given, and they were not necessarily identified as suspects. Webb also said that, as of Tuesday's briefing to the media, investigators were not certain if there was an altercation inside the home before the person was shot.

The identity of the dead person was not released; that will possibly happen Wednesday, after an autopsy has been conducted and next of kin notified.

Changes for the worse

On Tuesday, Parker, now 43 years old, spoke about a neighborhood that had changed for the worse over the years, with young children growing up and turning into individuals "who won't listen to anyone. So you'd better not tell them anything they don't want to hear."

Those individuals are all armed, Parker said. They have guns and are willing to use them.

"If you stand on a street corner around here and 10 people walk by, I guarantee eight of them have guns," Parker said.

"I want to know what you do about that. How do you change that? How do you do it?" Parker asked. "It's crazy out here. A lot of them just don't care about anything. They don't care about the future. They don't think about living that long."

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