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Thursday, February 08, 2018 11:50 pm

Woman, 2 grandkids shot in home doorway

Police say family hit while trying to flee teens' violent chase

JAMIE DUFFY | The Journal Gazette

The three were coming back from church, one relative lamented on Facebook.

But it seems one look at a young man with a gun brought on a shooting on East Pontiac Street on Tuesday night that sent three people to the hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening, though the three victims are understandably shaken.

No arrests have been made and the police have little to go on, Mark Bieker, Fort Wayne Police Department spokesman, said Thursday.

A 14-year-old boy told police the three, himself, his 10-year-old sister and his 51-year-old grandmother, pulled up to the house in the 1900 block of East Pontiac Street so they could run into the home to get money to go to the grocery store, according to a Fort Wayne Police Department report.

While he was unlocking the door, a white teen dressed in black with red pants ran past the front of the home and down the west side of the house toward the alley with a black teen chasing him with a gun, the report said.

The door was unlocked when the 14-year-old heard shots, looked around and saw the black teen with the gun, who was also dressed in black and had long curly hair with blond highlights. He had stopped running and was now shooting at the 14-year-old, his sister and grandmother in the doorway, according to the report.

The 14-year-old told his sister to get down and started to drag her into the house when he felt a sharp pain in his right arm that started to burn. The sister said her foot began to hurt badly but saw nothing. She was shot in the foot and he was shot in the arm, the report said.

The grandmother said she saw the two teens running and just after the white teen ran around the west side of her home toward Antoinette Street, she turned and made eye contact with the shooter, who started to fire at her and her grandchildren as they rushed to get into the house. She was shot in the leg and was considered seriously injured.

The incident started in the 1900 block of Antoinette Street about 8 p.m. when a caller told police about a shooting in an alley behind the house and two people involved in the shooting were teenagers. The caller said there had been two gunshots and the two were headed down the alley toward Euclid Avenue, a cross street for both Antoinette and Pontiac streets.

The gun chase turned a fateful corner onto East Pontiac, where the three victims were going about their business, according to a relative who spoke to The Journal Gazette through social media. The family considers it a drive-by and random incident that has the neighborhood scared.

According to a police report, detectives collected eight brass .40-caliber shell casings from the street in front of home, and a spent round, a bullet without the casing, was found just inside the front door, still intact. 

jduffy@jg.net