The Journal Gazette
Tuesday, February 25, 2020 1:00 am

City man, 22, charged in Euclid killing

Witnesses say another involved, but no charges yet

DAVE GONG | The Journal Gazette

The Fort Wayne man accused of shooting a 15-year-old boy was denied bond Monday in Allen Superior Court. 

Cameron Blake Hallett, 22, also referred to as “Blako” in court documents, is charged with murder in the Wednesday shooting death of Eric Ray McDonnell Jr. on Euclid Avenue.

Hallett was arrested about 1 p.m. Friday during a traffic stop near the intersection of Hanna and Lewis streets. 

Another man might have also been involved, according to a witness account, but has not been charged in that incident.  

McDonnell was Allen County's fifth homicide this year. 

According to court documents, at 7:08 p.m. Wednesday, city police responded to a reported shooting in an alley behind the 2800 block of Euclid Avenue.

Upon arrival, officers found McDonnell suffering from at least one gunshot wound. McDonnell was taken to a hospital with life-threatening injuries, where he underwent surgery. McDonnell died about two hours later. 

Police say nearby surveillance video shows McDonnell moving south in the alley, where he met a light-colored vehicle on McKee Street. McDonnell is then seen walking back through the alley, where two men were waiting for him.

Police say the video shows the pair assaulting McDonnell. One of the men was holding an object concealed inside a bag, court documents state.

“It appeared that this item was a firearm, because later in the video, muzzle flash can be seen coming from the item,” court documents state. “The firearm was discharged toward the victim.” 

Three separate witnesses told police a man with the nickname “Blako” was involved in the incident, along with another man. Two witnesses told police McDonnell told them “Blako” was responsible for shooting him. 

One witness told police that “Blako” had recently threatened the victim over an alleged theft. 

Hallett has an Instagram profile under the username “boy.blako.” All three witnesses identified Hallett as “Blako” in a photo array provided by police. 

According to police, detectives Friday saw Hallett exit a home and enter a Toyota Camry registered to him. Detectives stopped Hallett for a traffic violation and to serve an active warrant.

Hallett allegedly had the barrel of a handgun tucked into his underwear and detectives allegedly noticed the smell of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. Police also found a brown plastic bag containing the lower/receiver portion of a handgun and large amount of money inside the car.

The bag had a hole in it and smelled of bleach, court documents state.

Police later found the upper slide and spring to the handgun during a search of Hallett's residence.

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