A 17-year-old boy is in serious condition as of Wednesday afternoon following a drive-by shooting Tuesday evening in Fort Wayne.
The shooting took place in the 6100 block of Landsdowne Drive around 8:05 p.m.
Officers were sent to the scene after receiving several reports of gunfire.
While on the way, an officer was flagged down at the intersection of E. Hawthorne St. and Decatur Rd. by a person who was taking the shooting victim to the hospital.
Police immediately learned that the victim had been shot in the 6100 block of Landsdowne Dr., and medics determined him to be in serious condition. Upon being transported to a local hospital, he was downgraded to critical condition by hospital physicians.
Initial information indicates the teen was outside of a home when a red Ford F-150 drove past and at least one person inside the pickup was became involved in a gun battle with the teen who was struck by at least one bullet before the pickup sped off. Detectives believe this pickup truck may have been struck by gunfire as well.
Investigators are in the process of identifying who the handgun belongs to, as well as trying to piece together the motive for this shooting
Initial information indicates a man was outside of a home in the 6100 block of Landsdowne Dr, when a red Ford F150 drove past. Police aren’t sure who was inside the pickup.
The man outside the home and at least one person inside the Ford exchanged gun fire. The victim was hit by at least one bullet, and the pickup sped off. Detectives believe this pickup truck may have been struck by gunfire as well.
Once officers arrived on Landsdowne Dr., they located several shell casings, as well as one handgun.
Investigators are in the process of identifying who the handgun belongs to, as well as trying to piece together the motive for this shooting. Police are also trying to ascertain if the victim is an adult or a juvenile. Police said he’ll be interviewed at the earliest possible opportunity.
Other than the F150, there is no additional suspect information.
Crime scene technicians worked to process the scene Tuesday night, and search for and collect any evidence. Detectives went door to door in an attempt to locate any witnesses. Surveillance footage from any nearby business will also be examined at a later date.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact police.
This incident remains under investigation by the Fort Wayne Police Department and the Allen County Prosecutor’s Office.