Boy, 15, gunned down in alleyway ID’d

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – A 15-year-old boy has died after a shooting in southeast Fort Wayne Wednesday night.

It happened in an alleyway in the 2800 block of Euclid Avenue, just after 7 p.m.

When police arrived at the scene they found the boy unresponsive in an alley between Euclid and Central Drive suffering from an apparent gunshot wound.

Paramedics transported the victim to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries. Police said Thursday morning that the boy had passed away.

He was identified as 15-year-old Eric Ray McDonnell, Jr. of Fort Wayne. An autopsy by the Allen County Coroner’s Office found Eric died of a gunshot wound and his death was ruled a homicide.

Detectives at the scene canvassed the area and interviewed potential witnesses. No suspect information was released.

Fort Wayne Police say the crime isn’t just a police problem, but a community problem.

“This is a societal problem, and we’re all apart of this. So we all got to be part of the solution, too. Cause this violence can spill over to any neighborhood. It doesn’t matter that it seems to be focused in one area of the city, but this could easily spill over to different areas, and more affluent areas, or business areas,” says Sgt. Sofia Rosales-Scatena, public information officer for the Fort Wayne Police Department.

WANE 15 reached out to Mayor Tom Henry for his response the shooting.

We are losing too many young people to violence and that saddens me. We must come together as a community and wrap our arms around kids and invest in their lives so they know that they matter and have future opportunities that can be positive and rewarding. I want residents to know that the Fort Wayne Police Department is working tirelessly to combat criminal elements in the City of Fort Wayne. We won’t stop. Individuals involved in crimes will be held accountable for their actions. Fort Wayne is a safe city, but we recognize we have some challenges that must be overcome.”

Mayor Tom Henry

The homicide happened in the same area where two other children were shot and a man was killed in January. Police are looking into the possibility of a connection.

“It doesn’t appear that it may be related to the other ones, but like I said, you just never know when it comes to these kinds of crimes. Everything kind of intermingles, people do as well, so it’s hard to judge what’s separate from another,” says Sgt. Sofia Rosales-Scatena.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Fort Wayne Police Department at (260) 427-1222 or Crime Stoppers at (260) 436-7867.

The incident remains under investigation by the City of Fort Wayne Police Department and the Allen County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

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