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  • Fort Wayne Police investigate a shooting injuring two boys at 2710 Chestnut Street on Sunday. Mike Moore | The Journal Gazette

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 1:00 am

Juvenile charged in shooting

1 boy still critical; other fair

MATTHEW LEBLANC | The Journal Gazette

A 14-year-old boy has been 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. 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.

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

Officers arrived at the home about 6:50 a.m. Sunday and found the boys suffering from gunshot wounds.

Paramedics arrived, and the boys 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 (Weaver) was handling the weapon at the time it discharged.”

It is not clear who owned the gun.

mleblanc@jg.net