FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) — Fort Wayne Police are still piecing together what led up to a shooting that left two men dead and another hurt Sunday night.
Police and medics were called just before 9 p.m. to the Wells Street Mobile Home Court in the 3100 block of Wells Street on a report of a shooting.
According to the Fort Wayne Police Department (FWPD), a woman and her boyfriend went to a mobile home in the park to visit a friend when another man showed up. At some point a fight broke out, and the second man shot the woman’s boyfriend.
After that, police said there was a struggle for the gun, and the woman’s boyfriend got control of it and shot the other man. Police said the boyfriend – Benyamin Jovon McQuiller Jr., 28, of Fort Wayne – died on the scene and the suspect – Lige James Johnson, 30, of Woodburn – died while in transit to the hospital. The woman was shot, but is suffering from non-life threating injuries.
The Allen County Coroner’s Office said McQuiller died of a gunshot wound to the chest, while Johnson suffered severe blood loss due to multiple gunshot wounds. Both deaths were ruled homicides.
“It sounded like a whole bunch of firecrackers going off, I thought someone was lighting off fireworks,” one neighbor said. “It’s scary because I got kids, everyone around us got kids. I mean there are kids playing out here right now. So it’s kind of stupid that people would invite this kind of drama where they know there are kids that live here.”
The recent shootings in Fort Wayne seems to be a reoccurring nightmare for many people in the area. The neighbor said that he believes Fort Wayne is becoming “vicious.”
Fort Wayne Police spokesman Sgt. Jeremy Webb said that one shooting is too many, but comparing the annual reports to previous years, the shootings for 2021 are consistent.
“If you are looking at a certain standard to gauge by the annual number of how many homicides we have a year and not how frequently they occur back to back, I think that would be more accurate number,” Sgt. Webb said. “Fort Wayne is relatively safe, if you look at incidents at random shootings – I think it’s very, very low. Most of these are related somehow to each other. I don’t know if they are drug related, they’re relationship related, but there tends to be a relationship somewhere along the lines of the homicides that we see.”
The relationship between the victims and the suspect is unknown at this time. It is also unknown if anyone else was involved.
Police said the person who rented the mobile home was not home at the time of the incident.
The Allen County Coroner’s Office said Monday it conducted autopsies on the two men who died. The cause and manner of their deaths, as well as their identities, will be released later.
This incident remains under investigation by the FWPD and the Allen County Prosecutor’s Office.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the FWPD at 260-427-1222, Crime Stoppers at 260-436-7867, or use the anonymous P3 Tips app.