Woman shot inside home, police searching for suspect


FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – A woman was shot early Thursday morning while inside a home on the city’s southeast side, according to the Fort Wayne Police Department.

The shooting was reported at 4504 Smith Street around 12:39 a.m.

A woman was shot inside a Smith Street home when bullets came through a front window.

FWPD Spokesman Officer Chris Felton said someone fired several shots towards the home. Stacey Ellis was in a front room was hit by at least one bullet. She was taken to a hospital in serious condition.

Ellis’ nephew Demitre Kyle said there were five people in the house. Once the gunshots began, he pushed everyone to the floor in a panic.

“It scared my whole family, but I had to be the bigger person because I’m the man of the house,” he said. “So I had to step up and do some stuff I’ve never done before. But it was scary though. I’m not going to lie to y’all that’s scary because bullets don’t got no name.”

Police believe the home was hit with at least eight bullets. Officers found several shell casings in an alley next to the home. The casings were collected for evidence and several photographs were taken.

Investigators talked with several people who were inside the home. It’s unclear how many people were inside when the shots were fired.

Felton said investigators don’t know if the woman or someone inside the home was the intended target, or if anyone was the target.

Police are trying to determine if there was more than one shooter and if they were on foot or in a vehicle.

The shooting is under investigation.

“I would like to see a face to the person who did this because it will put a lot of meaning and justice and that person can go to jail or do their time for what they had done,” Kyles said. “They could have killed somebody in this house.”

Anyone with information is asked to call Fort Wayne police or Crime Stoppers at (260) 436-STOP.

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