Emergency crews load a victim into an ambulance Wednesday from the AutoZone store on Rudisill Boulevard. (Cathie Rowand | The Journal Gazette) Three people injured in a shooting on Harrison Street on Wednesday afternoon made their way to the parts store.
Thursday, May 17, 2018 1:00 am
6 hurt in multiple shootings
1 in critical condition, another serious after three separate incidents
JAMIE DUFFY | The Journal Gazette
Three shootings left six people injured, one of them critically, on Fort Wayne's south side Wednesday.
At 2:18 a.m., police were called to Belmont Beverage at 2631 S. Anthony Blvd. on reports of gunshots and a broken window that set off security alarms, Fort Wayne police spokesman Jason Anthony said. Police saw bullet holes in the windows at the liquor store and found several shell casings in the middle of the street in front of the building.
At 2:41 a.m., staff at a hospital called police to report that two shooting victims had arrived on their own seeking medical attention. Police believe they were shot at the liquor store.
One of the injured, an unidentified woman, drove herself and a man who was listed in critical condition. She was in serious condition, Anthony said.
South Anthony Boulevard was closed between Antoinette and Pontiac streets while crime scene technicians gathered evidence.
About 1 p.m., three people were shot while sitting in a Camaro parked outside a home at 4415 S. Harrison St., said Michael Joyner, city police spokesman.
Four people, one of whom was not hurt, were sitting in the Camaro when another car pulled up beside it and shots were fired into the car. Police found at least 10 shell casings in the street, Joyner said.
The injured, two men and one woman, were all in stable condition, Joyner said. They were not identified by age or gender.
Both cars left the South Harrison Street address after the shooting, Joyner said.
Tracy Smith, driving a black Chrysler east on West Rudisill Boulevard about noon, said the red Camaro sideswiped her car on the driver's side. The Camaro was traveling at high speed, she added. Smith followed the Camaro to AutoZone on West Rudisill Boulevard at Lafayette Street where she found the car parked with a flat tire. At that point, she didn't know anyone had been injured.
“You've got to count your blessings because the shooter could have been behind them, shooting,” Smith said.
Joyner said police have no motive for the shooting and no suspect.
“If anybody saw anything, we certainly would want to talk to them to connect the dots. We've got three individuals that are injured. It could have been worse,” Joyner said.
At 8 p.m., police were called to a third shooting in the 3500 block of Plaza Drive. The man who was shot was taken to a hospital in serious condition.
Three nearby schools – Harrison Hill Elementary and South Side and Wayne high schools – were on lockout Wednesday because of the two earlier shootings, according to Krista Stockman, FWCS spokeswoman.
A lockout occurs when there's a potential threat or hazard outside the building. Schools under lockout ensure all windows and doors are secure and don't allow further entry until the all clear is given, and students go about the day as usual. Students outside also would be brought indoors.
A lockdown occurs when there is a threat inside a school.
Matt LeBlanc and Ashley Sloboda of The Journal Gazette contributed to this report.