Man shot during fight with relative dies


FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) — Fort Wayne police are investigating a shooting on the city’s southeast side Wednesday night that claimed a man’s life.

An autopsy conducted by the Allen County Coroner’s Office determined that Corey Appleberry, 29, of Fort Wayne died from a gunshot wound to the abdomen and his death has been ruled a homicide.

The investigation into the shooting began when police and medics were called around 8 p.m. to the 2700 block of Euclid Avenue on reports of gunshots. As they responded, officers received additional information that someone had been shot.

Responders arrived and found Appleberry lying in the front yard of a residence suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. Officers performed CPR on the him until paramedics took over and transported him to a local hospital in life-threatening condition.

Fort Wayne Police said Appleberry died early Thursday.

Initial investigations indicated Appleberry got into some sort of fight with another man to whom he is related. The exact relationship between the two has not been determined yet.

During the altercation, someone fired shots and Appleberry was hit.

The male relative stayed at the scene and detectives took him to the police station for questioning. He is considered a person of interest, but not a suspect at this time.

On Thursday, police said investigators were still actively working the case and following up with leads. Police spokeswoman Sgt. Sofia Rosales-Scatena said investigators believe there may be several witnesses with information, and they are asked to come forward.

“At this point we are still trying to determine circumstances into this shooting death,” Rosales-Scatena said.

During the investigation, officers also located a handgun at the scene. Investigators are still trying to determine its involvement and what exactly happened.

Detectives went door to door Wednesday night searching for and interviewing any witnesses. Crime scene technicians also processed the scene and searched for and collected additional evidence.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Fort Wayne Police Department at 260-427-1201 or call Crime Stoppers at 260-436-STOP.

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