Police find link in recent shootings into homes, ask for community to speak up

Crime

Police have a person or persons of interest

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) — Fort Wayne Police said Wednesday a string of incidents where gunshots were fired into homes over the last week and a half are “all linked.”

In two of the shootings, two boys were hurt. In the other, a man was killed.

In the first incident, just before 2 a.m. Jan. 12, police and medics were called to the 3200 block of Logan Avenue after a 8-year-old boy suffered a gunshot wound near his shoulder and chest. He was hospitalized with “life-threatening” injuries but was later listed as stable.

Police said the boy was inside the home at the time of the shooting, and the gunshots came from outside.

Two days later, on Jan. 14, a 13-year-old boy was seriously hurt after someone fired shots into a home at 3804 Euclid Ave., near East Rudisill and South Anthony boulevards, around 10:45 p.m. The boy was taken to a hospital in serious condition but his injuries were believed to be non-life-threatening.

In that incident, police said someone knocked on the door of the home and when the boy to the door to answer, someone fired multiple shots.

Finally, just after midnight Monday morning, police responded to 3411 Senate Ave., near Hessen Cassel and McKinnie Avenue. There, 49-year-old Than Kahn Khai suffered a fatal gunshot wound to the neck.

Detectives found shell casings in the street in front of the house, leading them to believe the shots came from outside. Neighbors of Khai said it was surprising that something like that happened on their street.

“It’s right across the street so as soon as I heard it I rolled out of bed and got on the floor and crawled into another room,” said Dwan Porter.

Even more surprising to them was that it happened to Khai. Porter and other neighbors said the previous owners of 3411 Senate Ave. were rowdy and that police were called to their house several times. Khai’s family was nothing like that.

“They’re just quiet people and you can tell when there’s a lot of activity in certain houses and if they’re linked to just being bad,” said Porter, “You can kind of always tell, usually. You know, you never really fully know but you can tell between a quiet family and a rowdy house.”

In each case, police said they had no suspects, and asked for the public’s help to solve the shootings.

On Wednesday, in an emailed statement, police spokesperson Sgt. Sofia Rosales-Scatena said investigators in the homicide division “have reason to believe that the Logan, Euclid and Senate Street shootings are all linked.” What’s more, Rosales-Scatena said police have “person(s) of interest in these shootings.”

She did not name that person or people, however, but instead asked for the community’s help.

“I’ve come to believe that most people in their communities know who belongs there and who doesn’t and if you can get out there, maybe get us a couple of vehicle descriptions, we can tie that into something we already have and, boom, here we go with some solid case evidence,” said Rosales-Scatena.

Fort Wayne Police are asking anyone with information, no matter how small it seems, to call Fort Wayne Police at 427-1201 and ask to speak to a homicide detective or call Fort Wayne Crime Stoppers at 1-800-237-7867.

“These acts of violence are not acceptable and are not what we should accept as normal,” said Rosales-Scatena. “Come forward and help us stop this.”

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