Crime

1 dead, 1 hurt in Bowser Avenue shooting

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) - An apparent double shooting on Fort Wayne's southeast side has left one dead and another with a gunshot wound to the leg.

Fort Wayne police and medics were called around 9 p.m. Tuesday to the 3900 block of Bowser Avenue, near East Rudisill Boulevard, on a report of a shooting. Police spokesman Jason Anthony said officers arrived to find a man down in the middle of the street.

That victim was taken to a local hospital in critical condition, Anthony said. The victim died a short time later.

He was identified as 38-year-old Alastair C. Stephens of Fort Wayne. An autopsy showed Stephens died of multiple gunshot wounds and his death was ruled a homicide by the Allen County Coroner's Office.

While officers were investigating at the scene, Anthony said a second shooting victim arrived at nearby Fire Station 11 at East Rudisill Boulevard and Lafayette Street with a gunshot to the leg. That man - later identified as 45-year-old Terence L. Whitt of Fort Wayne - was taken to a local hospital and is expected to survive, Anthony said.

Due to the timing and proximity of the two incidents, Anthony said detectives believe the shootings are related.

Anthony said two people were seen running from the scene and in between homes in the area. A K9 track was unsuccessful due to the amount of foot traffic in the area, Anthony said.

Police have nobody in custody.

Anthony said detectives were working to determine exactly how the shootings unfolded. He said investigators were working at the scene collecting and processing evidence, gathering information at the hospital, and interviewing witnesses at police headquarters.

Police did find several shell casings in the street, but no weapons were found, Anthony said.

"There's a lot going on," Anthony said.

Stephens has a lengthy criminal record in Allen County, including convictions for felony marijuana possession, violating a lifetime driving license suspension, battery, strangulation, residential entry, criminal mischief, possession of narcotics, and possession of synthetic drugs. He had a pending case in Allen Superior Court for burglary and being a felon with a handgun.


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