The Journal Gazette
Saturday, May 22, 2021 6:17 am

Gun battle leaves 1 dead, 4 hurt

Jamie Duffy | The Journal Gazette

A man is in custody for a shooting death that occurred during a gun battle early today at Villages of Hanna, according to police.

While gunfire raged around 12:41 a.m., officers responded to the rear parking lot at the Villages of Hanna on the city's southeast side.

During the gun battle, one person died, another victim is in life-threatening condition and three in non-life-threatening condition. They were apparently shot from stray bullets while they were inside their apartments, according to a news release from Sgt. Chris Felton, spokesman for the Fort Wayne police.

The Villages of Hanna apartments are at 1300 Greene Street between Hanna Street and South Anthony Boulevard.

Officers ran toward the gunfire, but couldn't locate any suspects. Police believe a disturbance erupted between multiple shooters. Officers started checking all of the surrounding apartment buildings that appeared to have been struck by gunfire and located the victims in various apartments, the release said.

As the investigation progressed, detectives pulled surveillance video from the apartment complex and talked to witnesses.

Police arrested Jamarion Thomas, 20. He is charged with aggravated battery causing death for his role in the shooting incident.

The Allen County coroner will identify the deceased victim. If the death is ruled a homicide, it will be the 17th this year in Allen County.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Crime Stoppers at 260-436-7867 or through the P3 Tipps app.

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