The Journal Gazette
Tuesday, January 21, 2020 1:00 am

Man found shot in home dead at scene

Police believe gun was fired outside

ASHLEY SLOBODA | The Journal Gazette

A man shot on the city's southeast side died early Monday before medics could rush him to a hospital, Fort Wayne police said.

The shooting happened just after midnight at a home at 3411 Senate Ave., between Hessen Cassel Road and Wayne Trace.

Like the shooting that injured an 8-year-old boy last week, authorities believe the gunfire came from outside the residence because shell casings were found in the street, police said.

Medical workers pronounced the man dead at the scene, police said, noting he was in his late 40s.

The man will be identified by the Allen County coroner.

His family is being assisted by Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, which provides and coordinates social services for families in need.

“There are unique factors presented in this situation that led to Catholic Charities being asked to respond to and assist with this tragedy,” the nonprofit's CEO Gloria Whitcraft said in a statement.

The organization became involved after receiving a request from a community member, Catholic Charities spokesman Bob Floyd said. 

He did not know whether the family is affiliated with the church but noted that Catholics are not the only people Catholic Charities serves. 

Social workers and clinicians from Catholic Charities will work with the family to identify their physical, material, emotional and spiritual needs and the resources that might be of help, according to a news release.

Floyd said it was too early Monday to provide specifics about the assistance the family will receive. 

“We offer our heartfelt condolences and prayers to the family,” Whitcraft said.

If the death is ruled a homicide, it would be the county's third in as many weeks.

Marlon Lee Kimbrough, 40, of Indianapolis was found fatally shot near railroad tracks around Oxford Street and Meyer Road on Jan. 7.

Diquan Q. Meriwether, 19, of Fort Wayne died Jan. 14 after a shooting at Abbott and Pontiac streets. Kennisha Jackson, 19, faces charges related to his death.

Police decried the gun violence after separate shootings injured two boys, ages 8 and 13, at homes in the 3200 block of Logan Avenue and the 3800 block of Euclid Avenue last week. 

Anyone with information about any of the shootings is urged to call police at 260-427-1201 or Crime Stoppers at 260-436-7867.

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