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  • Michelle Davies | The Journal Gazette Fort Wayne police cover a body in an alley off Harmar Street between Berry and Wayne streets on Thursday evening.

Friday, April 06, 2018 1:00 am

Man found shot to death in alley

Body behind large rock; witnesses say vehicle sped away

JAMIE DUFFY | The Journal Gazette

A man was shot dead around 7 p.m. Thursday in an alley off Harmar Street between Berry and Wayne streets.

When police arrived, they found the male victim suffering from gunshot wounds, and he was pronounced dead at the scene by medics. The man was not identified and police did not arrest any suspects at the time.

Witnesses to the shooting said that a vehicle left the scene at a high rate of speed, Mark Bieker, Fort Wayne Police Department public information officer, said. Bieker was not able to identify the type of vehicle.

The man's body lay behind a large rock just off Harmar Street where the east-west alley begins and is framed by vacant lots on either side. Crowds started to gather around the perimeter of the yellow police tape and on a back porch of a home in the 800 block of Berry Street that overlooked the crime scene.

Eric Jefferson, who lives in East Central Towers on the south side of Wayne Street across from where the shooting occurred, said he looked out of his window just after he heard four to five gun shots.

“It must have been a powerful gun,” he said as he took in the scene. Light snow was falling as it got colder.

If this shooting death is declared a homicide, it will be the 13th one in Allen County this year. At this time last year, the number of homicides was six. Last year, Allen County witnessed 49 homicides, the highest number ever recorded.

This latest apparent shooting death is the fourth one in that area of town since last May. Last year, East Central Towers was the site of three homicides: Terrance Miles, 36, on May 19; Eddy Campbell Jr., 39, on Aug. 4 and Spencer Smith, 20, Aug. 19.

The death is still under investigation. Anyone with information on Thursday's shooting is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 436-7867.