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Fort Wayne Police investigate shootings; 1 in critical condition

Saturday, July 13, 2013 - 2:36 pm

Fort Wayne Police are investigating at least two shooting incidents overnight – one which left a man in critical condition and another near The Beer Tent on the Landing that left two people with minor injuries.

In the first shooting case, police were called at 10:22 p.m. Friday to the 4000 block of Avondale Drive on a report of a shooting.

Officers found two men suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. Both men were taken to a local hospital, one in serious condition, one in critical condition, according to FWPD spokesman Officer Chris Felton.

Police believe a group of men were in front of a home in the 4000 block of Avondale when an unidentified male approached this group on foot from between some houses. He opened fire on the group with an unidentified weapon, striking the two victims, according to Felton.

The victim in critical condition collapsed after being shot, and the victim in serious condition was able to run across the street before collapsing, according to Felton. Officers along with a police K-9 unit tried to find the shooter but were unsuccessful.

As of early this morning, police had no suspects or motive in the crime, nor did police find any dropped weapons. The relationship between the victims, and between the victims and shooter, has yet to be determined, according to Felton

Detectives are also canvassing the area for any possible witnesses and will be interviewing the victims at the earliest opportunity. Anyone with any information is asked to contact police.

This incident remains under investigation by the FWPD and the Allen County prosecutor's office.

The Fort Wayne Fire Department and Three Rivers Ambulance Authority assisted police.

In the second incident, our news partner, WANE, NewsChannel 15, reported that police were called at 2:45 a.m. today after shots were fired near the beer tent on The Landing in the 100 block of W. Columbia St.

Police made a traffic stop at Main and Harrison streets and a gun was found in the vehicle, leading to the arrest of three suspects in connection with the shooting, according to WANE.

Three victims went to the hospital on their own with minor gunshot injuries.

However, one victim said she was shot at the 4200 block of McKinnie Avenue and Hessen Cassel Road in a separate shooting, according to WANE.

Jack Hammer, Three Rivers Festival executive director, said while the news of the shooting is very sad to hear, it is completely unrelated to the festival.

"This is a terrible thing. We're very sorry and devastated to hear the news. This incident has nothing to do with the Three Rivers Festival and the focus needs to be on the individuals committing these crimes," he said.