FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) — Fort Wayne Police have asked for additional security camera video that could help identify the suspect in the fatal shooting of a mother Saturday.
It was just after 5:15 p.m. when police and medics were called to the 5600 block of Standish Drive near Fairfax Avenue on reports of a shooting. They arrived to find a woman suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
The Allen County Coroner’s Office confirmed Monday that the victim was Maria Del Socorro Maldonado Ambriz, 39, of Fort Wayne. The cause of death was determined to be multiple gunshot wounds. Her death has also been ruled as a homicide.
Police said Monday that Ambriz had been “kidnapped from her home and murdered in her vehicle.”
Ambriz was home with her two children – 12 and 14 – when a suspect, dressed in all black and wearing a backpack and armed with a short-barreled rifle, forced his way into their Standish Drive home.
Inside, police said the suspect threatened to kill the woman and the children. He then kidnapped the woman and forced her to drive him away in her SUV, police said.
He then fired some 30 rounds in the vehicle, killing Ambriz, police said. They were four blocks from her home.
Police said the suspect then ran westbound from Standish Drive in the 2100 block Fairfax Avenue.
Now, police are looking for the public’s help to find him.
“It’s one of those crimes that are shocking and definitely traumatic for the community and the kids, especially the kids and the family. It’s something that we’re working our best to bring a solution to try and solve. Sometimes you’ll talk to a witness and you’ll get a little bit of information and you’ll put those pieces together and that leads you to some place else so you’re just following the chain of evidence to find out who this person is,” Jeremy Webb with the Fort Wayne Police Department says.
Nicole Gaunt, part of leadership with Justice, Accountability and Victim’s Advocacy (also known as JAVA) says that there are many elements that go into how incidents like this impact young children. “What people fail to understand or realize is that when the person you look up to for your safety, the person that you are attached to, when that person is removed like this it adds a whole layer of grief and fear that other types of loss don’t bring with them,” Gaunt explains.
“For those who live in this area, please review any security cameras you may have installed on your property for a suspect dressed in all black running with a rifle and black backpack,” police said. A video shared by police showed the suspect.
Anyone with any information that could help identify and locate the suspect is asked to call 427-1201 or CrimeStoppers at 436-STOP or use the P3 App.
It’s not known if the suspect knew Ambriz.