Suspect in two Fort Wayne shootings arrested


FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) — The Fort Wayne Police Department captured a suspect early Saturday morning who was wanted for two shootings that forced them to block off several streets near the 2800 block of Genesse Ave. on Friday.

According to a news release issued Saturday morning, police were called to the 1600 block of Rosemont Avenue at 3:20 a.m. on a report that a man was knocking on the door of a residence. That man turned out to be Jeremy Elder Jr. and he was taken into custody.

The investigation into the shootings began Friday when police said they were first called to the area of Barthold and Third Streets around 7:40 a.m. for a shooting. The victim was treated for injuries at a hospital and later released. Around five hours later, a person walked into an emergency room with injuries related to a shooting that reportedly took place in the 1400 block of Fourth Street around 12:30 p.m.

The second shooting victim named Jeremy Elder, Jr., 23, as the person who shot him. Police said the description matched on given by the first shooting victim and that’s when they began actively looking for Elder. Part of Genesse Ave. was blocked off because Elder has relatives who live and the street who police said might know Elder’s whereabouts. No one was located at the residence so they cleared the location.

Charges currently filed against Elder with the Allen County Prosecutor’s Office are Criminal Recklessness with a Deadly Weapon and Battery with a Deadly Weapon.

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