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The Journal Gazette

Friday, November 10, 2017 1:00 am

2 women killed in shooting

3rd victim remains critical; no arrests made

JAMIE DUFFY | The Journal Gazette

Neighbors in the 200 block of East Sherwood Terrace where three women were shot Thursday morning say they saw the shooter and are afraid he might return.

Police were called to the scene of the shooting about 4 a.m. in the front yard of a home. Nicole Saylor, 36, was found suffering from gunshot wounds and died at the scene, according to a coroner's report. Kayla Harris, 24, was taken to a hospital where she died shortly after. Another woman, not identified by Fort Wayne police, remains in critical condition.

Police said they believe the three women were targeted by the shooter. Investigators hope the third woman recovers and tells them what happened, and the shooting remains under investigation as leads are being followed, said Jim Seay, a public information officer.

A man and woman who live across from 210 E. Sherwood Terrace, where Harris lived, said they called 911 as soon as they heard gunshots. Looking outside, they told The Journal Gazette, they saw a man flip over the body of the surviving woman and rifle through her pockets. He then dragged Harris closer to the other woman, the neighbors said.

“He wasn't in no hurry,” the woman said. The man said the shots were steady and deliberate.

When the shooter was finished, he tried to open a neighbor's car across the street and set off the car's alarm, the neighbor said. He then ran through yards on the north side of the street and around the side of a home on Kenilworth Street. A neighbor there said she watched him get into a tan or gold Impala and drive away. She said she believed the shooter was white.

All the neighbors, including Donna Shroyer, who resides in the home on the east side of Harris' home, said the three women worked at The Harem, a strip club on Coliseum Boulevard North.

A man working behind the bar at The Harem around 5:30 p.m. Thursday said the club did not want to comment but might issue a statement at a later date.

Shroyer was at the scene when police arrived. She said she saw a bullet hole in Saylor's arm. Later, Shroyer said she hosed down the driveway where a pool of blood still stained the concrete.

The deaths of the two women mark the 32nd and 33rd homicides of the year and the third this week.

jduffy@jg.net