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Police and fire

Michelle Davies | The Journal Gazette
The victim's hat in the backyard of a home on Hugh Street.

Teen shot dead near downtown Fort Wayne

Fort Wayne police were investigating another fatal shooting Wednesday, this time of a 17-year-old.

Around 12:30 p.m., police responded to a report of gunfire in the area of the 900 block of Hugh Street, in the Hanna Homestead neighborhood on the city's near southeast side. Two men had reportedly shot six or seven shots at the victim as he ran down an alley, police said.

When police arrived, they found a victim, with a weak pulse, lying in the backyard of 913 Hugh St. Before paramedics arrived, the victim died, according to Fort Wayne Police Chief Rusty York.

As investigators headed to the scene, a police dog, its handler and another officer carrying an assault rifle walked west on Hugh Street, looking for the possible suspects.

York said city residents are fed up with the recent spate of violence, and city police are stepping up patrols.

While more crime scene tape was strung between the trees and across Hugh Street, neighbors and onlookers stood in driveways, one wiping tears from her eyes.

As York spoke to a bank of television cameras, detectives and an ATF agent made their way down the street.

He issued a warning for those behind the city's violence.

"They will know the city is tired of this," York said. "There are only a few people responsible for this."

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