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Arrest made in shooting of boys, 14 and 9

Fort Wayne, Ind. (WANE) - An arrest has been made in the shootings of two juveniles inside a home on Fort Wayne's east side early Sunday.

Fort Wayne Police were called shortly before 7 a.m. Sunday to a home in the 2700 Block of Chestnut in reference to a report of a possible shooting. Upon officers arrival on scene they located two juvenile male victims suffering from apparent gunshot wounds.

Paramedics arrived on scene and began emergency care of the victims. The victims were both transported to a local hospital. There is no word on if the shooting was accidental or criminal. 

Police spokesman Michael Joyner said investigators believe that three boys - two 14-year-olds and a 9-year-old - were in the home and one of the 14-year-olds was playing with a loaded handgun when it fired. One bullet struck the other 14-year-old in the head then struck the 9-year-old in a leg, Joyner said.

The 14-year-old victim - identified as Darius Boone - was hospitalized in critical condition, and the 9-year-old - Christopher Hatch, Jr. - in serious condition. Boone remained in critical condition Monday, but Hatch had been upgraded to fair condition, Joyner said.

Monday morning, Fort Wayne Police confirmed that the other 14-year-old - Devon Weaver - had been arrested on a charge of criminal recklessness.

"More times than not these situations, as with these weekend, ends up with tragedy," Joyner said.

The boys were said to be at the house ahead of Sunday school. Police say it's a tragic accident that could have ben avoided.
 
"Here again we have one of these tragic stories of a loaded firearm in the hands of children. Kids. Kids not old enough to get a job that are handling a firearm and tragedy strikes," Joyner said.

Joyner said the investigation will include looking into how Weaver got the gun.

"If you invite disaster and it's at the threshold of your door and you do things that open the door and allow disaster to walk in, it's going to happen and here's a classic example of that. It's so tragic that we have handguns that are readily available. We're talking two 14 year olds and a nine year old. That speaks volumes about the proliferation of handguns in our society and the ease at which these kids can come by them."

Detectives from the Fort Wayne Police Department as well as Crime Scene Technicians were called to scene. Upon their arrival, detectives began checking the area for any possible witnesses as well as speaking with any other occupants inside the residence at the time of the incident.

Crime Scene Technicians began processing the scene for any possible evidence associated with this incident as well as collecting it.

Investigators are asking that anyone with any information regarding this incident please call the Fort Wayne Police Department at (260)427-1201 or Allen County Crime Stoppers at (260) 436-7867

This incident is being investigated by the Fort Wayne Police Department, and the Allen County Prosecutor's Office.

Assisting Agencies include the Fort Wayne Fire Department and Three Rivers Ambulance Authority.


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