Victim shot in car; hits vehicle, hydrant, tree

Crime
East Rudisill Boulevard shooting

A person was critically hurt in a shooting on Fort Wayne’s southeast side Monday afternoon.

Police and medics were called just after 3:30 p.m. on a report of a shooting in the 900 block of East Rudisill Boulevard. Dispatchers said a victim was seriously hurt but later downgraded to critical.

Police spokesman Michael Joyner said officers arrived and found the victim on the front porch of a home. That’s not where Joyner said he was shot, though.

Investigators believe the victim was sitting in his car somewhere between the 3600 and the 3800 block of South Park Drive when someone walked up and opened fire. Joyner said after the man was struck, he pulled away.

The vehicle then sideswiped a parked vehicle, struck a fire hydrant and then a tree. Detectives believe the shooter chased after the man’s car on foot. The man then got out of the vehicle and walked to the front porch of a home, Joyner said.

The residents in the home called 911.

Police found the victim’s car by tracking leaked radiator fluid. It was found a few blocks away, Joyner said. Investigators believe someone else may have been in the car or someone else moved it, he added.

Shell casings were found near where the car was first at, Joyner said.

Police set up a crime scene that stretched two blocks. Joyner said police have “a lot” of potential witnesses to talk to and canvassing of the area to do. He said detectives would have a “long, drawn-out crime scene.”

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