Arrest made in shooting death of 15-year-old boy in alleyway

Crime

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) — An arrest has been made in the shooting death of a 15-year-old in a southeast Fort Wayne alleyway earlier this week.

Cameron B. Hallett, 22, faces a charge of Murder in the killing of Eric R. McDonnell, Jr. on Wednesday evening.

Police and medics were called just after 7 p.m. that night to an alleyway in the 2800 block of Euclid Avenue. There, authorities found McDonnell unresponsive in an alley between Euclid and Central Drive, suffering from an apparent gunshot wound.

Paramedics transported him to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries. He died soon after.

The Allen County Coroner’s Office determined McDonnell died of a gunshot wound and his death was ruled a homicide.

Cameron B. Hallett, 22

Richard Williams, who has lived on the block for four years now, said McDonnell’s death has been surprising because it’s unusual to see any type of crime on their street.

“I was very shocked because like I said it’s a peaceful part of Fort Wayne and Euclid,” said Williams. “We don’t see police on this part of the area. Every now and then they may make a patrol but other than that, that’s all. We’re the neighbors here. We look out for each other and we do for each other.”

Detectives at the scene canvassed the area and interviewed potential witnesses. No suspect information was immediately released.

On Friday then, Fort Wayne Police said “after exhaustive efforts,” homicide detectives identify a suspect – Hallett. Gang and Narcotic units made a traffic stop at Hanna and Lewis streets Friday afternoon and took him into custody, police said.

Police said detectives were also interviewing other “persons of interest.” This investigation is ongoing.

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