A 22-year-old man was arrested Friday on a murder charge in the Wednesday night shooting death of 15-year-old Eric McDonnell Jr.
Cameron B. Hallett was arrested about 1 p.m. Friday during a traffic stop at Hanna and Lewis streets, according to Sofia Rosales-Scatena, public information officer for the Fort Wayne Police Department. He was taken into custody without incident. The Fort Wayne police Gang and Violent Crimes Unit and Vice and Narcotics unit made exhaustive efforts to identify Hallett and are interviewing other persons of interest, Rosales-Scatena added.
McDonnell, 15, was shot in an alley between Euclid Avenue and Central Drive just off McKee Street around 7:15 p.m. Wednesday. Medics took him to the hospital where he underwent emergency surgery, but died about two hours later.
He had left a home in the 2800 block of Euclid Avenue and was walking to a gas station, witnesses said Wednesday evening. They heard shots then a scuffle and found him lying in the alley, they said.
Longtime family friend Jami Weileman said Hallett was someone McDonnell looked up to “like a big brother.”
Hallett, of the 6000 block of Hallowell Place, has been arrested several times before, according to court documents, but most of the charges were misdemeanors.
McDonnell is the fifth homicide this year and the third one resulting in an arrest.
Kennisha Jackson, 19, was arrested and charged with murder in the shooting death of Diquan Meriwether, 19, on Jan. 14 in the 2800 block of Abbott Street. Her three-day jury trial is set for July 28, according to court documents.
Michael D. Foster Sr., 52, was arrested in January for the stabbing death of Warrell Booher, 48, at East Central Towers on East Washington Boulevard on Jan. 24. His three-day jury trial is scheduled to begin Aug. 11, court documents said.