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Daytime shooting leaves 2 wounded

– A man and a 15-year-old girl were seriously injured in a shooting Tuesday afternoon in southeast Fort Wayne, city police said.

The shooting at Smith Street and Senate Avenue was reported about 4:50 p.m., said officer Jason Anthony, a police spokesman.

Officers found the victims with gunshot wounds in the front yard of 4401 Smith St., near Abbett Elementary School. Medics took them both in serious condition to a hospital, Anthony said.

A doctor at the hospital downgraded the man’s condition to critical, while the girl’s condition remained stable, Anthony said.

Witnesses told police the two were standing by themselves in the yard when a man in the street fired several times. The man was on Senate Avenue west of the intersection when he fired the shots, Anthony said. On that part of Senate, crime-scene technicians found five shell casings in the middle of the street.

The shooter, who wore gray clothing, Anthony said, was last seen running south in an alley west of Smith Street.

Detectives were interviewing witnesses Tuesday evening, but the motive behind the shooting remained unclear, Anthony said. No arrests had been made, and police had no suspects.

A neighbor told The Journal Gazette he did not see the shooting but heard five or six gunshots and called 911. When he looked outside, the shooter was gone, but he could see that the adult victim was on the ground and people were trying to calm him as they waited for medics.

The neighbor, who asked that his name be withheld for his safety, lamented the recent violence in the city.

“Fort Wayne is a good city to live in,” he said. “Lately, it’s been going downhill for some reason.”