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Man shot at Legion identified

Police seeking witnesses to city's 23rd homicide in 2013

Totton
The shooting was near downtown Fort Wayne.

The Allen County Coroner's Office has identified a man fatally shot over the weekend outside the American Legion post at East Lewis and South Hanna streets.

Jabron Quantrel Totton, 37, was the 23rd homicide victim this year in Fort Wayne and Allen County, the coroner's office said. Totton, a city resident, attended Wayne High School and IPFW, and he was self-employed, according to his Facebook page.

About 3:10 a.m. Sunday, Fort Wayne police were called to the American Legion, which has a bar. Officers found Totton in the parking lot suffering from gunshot wounds, and they tended to him until medics arrived. He was taken in critical condition to Lutheran Hospital where he died, police said.

Investigators learned that Totton had gotten into an argument with people in the bar, but the dispute was quashed. Totton left shortly afterward, and he was shot while standing next to a car in the lot, police said.

It's not clear whether the quarrel in the bar is related to the shooting. The people who argued with Totton have not been found, and police do not know whether the shooter was among them, police said.

Detectives have found no one who witnessed the shooting.

A man in the lot told police he heard gunshots and then saw Totton on the ground but did not actually see the shooting, police said.

Police have made no arrests, and no word on a motive has been released.

Fort Wayne's first homicide of the year was reported at a gas station across the intersection from the post's parking lot.

On Jan. 11, Ryan Turner was shot at an unknown location, and he came into the gas station's convenience store where he asked a clerk to call for help.

Turner, 45, later died in a hospital. The case remains unsolved.

A few blocks from that corner, 17-year-old Elijah Freeman was shot and killed April 3 in the 900 block of Hugh Street.

His alleged killer, Deadrian Boykins, 18, has been charged with murder.

Less than halfway through the year, the county has had 23 homicides. For 2012, the county had 30 killings.

aingersoll@jg.net

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