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  • Fort Wayne Police investigate a shooting that injured two juveniles in the 2700 block of Chestnut Street on Sunday. Mike Moore | The Journal Gazette

Monday, April 16, 2018 11:00 am

14-year-old arrested in shooting of 2 boys on Chestnut

Matt LeBlanc | The Journal Gazette

A 14-year-old boy is charged in a shooting early Sunday on Fort Wayne's southeast side that left two other boys injured, one critically.

Police said Devon Weaver was "handling a handgun" at a home at 2710 Chestnut St. when it went off, and one round struck Darius Boone, 14, and Christopher Hatch Jr., 9. The same round struck both boys, said Michael Joyner, a spokesman for the Fort Wayne Police Department.

Weaver is charged as a juvenile with criminal recklessness.

Boone was in critical condition and Hatch was in fair condition, as of late Monday afternoon. 

Officers arrived at the home around 6:50 a.m. Sunday. They found the boys suffering from gunshot wounds, and paramedics began emergency care on them before they were taken to a hospital.

Asked whether the boys were playing with the gun, Joyner said in an email, "It's safe to say that the 14-year-old was handling the weapon at the time it discharged."

It is not clear who owned the gun.

mleblanc@jg.net