Fort Wayne police identify ‘persons of interest’ in connection to Wednesday double shooting, no arrests yet

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Fort Wayne police continue to gather information related to a shooting Wednesday night that injured two people. Thursday morning, police said they have names of persons of interest, but nobody in custody.

Police say one of the victims is facing life-threatening injuries, after the shooting on the 4000 block of Hoagland Avenue. Several people reported hearing gunshots around 8:45 p.m.

Emergency responders found a man with apparent gunshot wounds. He was taken to the hospital for non-life-threatening injuries. A short time later, another man, believed to be the second shooting victim, showed up to a different area hospital with life-threatening injuries.

According to a woman who lives in the neighborhood, about 50 shots could be heard around the time the shooting took place. Holding her one-year-old daughter, she told WANE 15’s Briana Brownlee it’s very common.

“Somebody came running from across our backyard, ran forward to the second house next to us,” said Andrea Garibai. “Then another gentleman came from around the corner limping, stopped next to my car and yelled that he had a gunshot wound. Five-minutes later he was screaming not to call the cops.”

Garibai said she believes it’s gang-related and this was the second time that home was “shot up”, she said last time it was a drive-by. She descried the parties involved as “really young kids”, who are probably still in high school.

“So many shots can be flown, to the point nobody knows if it’s going to come to your house or not,” Garibai said. “It’s so close, it’s only a house away from ours.”

She said about 15-minuets after hearing the gunshots, police arrived on the scene. It is unclear if the two victims are both related to the shooting, police said.

Fort Wayne Police Officer John Chambers said they are still trying to determine the exact location of the shooting.

Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to contact Fort Wayne Police at 260-427-1201 or Crime Stoppers at 260-436-7867.

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