Arrest made in fatal shooting at Wells Street bar; victim ID’d


FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) — Fort Wayne Police arrested a man in a fatal shooting just north of downtown Fort Wayne Saturday afternoon.

FWPD arrested 21-year-old Jesse Echavarria shortly after the shooting.

Police and medics were called around 3 p.m. to the 1500 block of Wells Street on a report of a shooting. Officers arrived to find a man down in the back parking lot of The Pantry at 1501 N. Wells St., suffering from an apparent gunshot wound.

Medics attempted to save the his life but were unsuccessful, and the victim died at the scene, police said.

He was identified Monday as 57-year-old John Ray Deremer of Fort Wayne. An autopsy found Deremer died of multiple gunshot wounds and his death was ruled a homicide.

Hours after the shooting, police arrested 21-year-old Jesse Echavarria. He is facing preliminary charges of aggravated battery.

It remains unclear exactly what lead up to the shooting.

Fort Wayne Police said they are thankful for witnesses who came forward to help with the investigation.

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