Boy, 8, now ‘stable’ after shooting; police ‘actively investigating’

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) — An 8-year-old boy hospitalized with life-threatening injuries from a shooting early Sunday morning has been upgraded to “stable” condition, Fort Wayne Police said Monday.

It was just before 2 a.m. Sunday morning when police and medics were called to the 3200 block of Logan Avenue on a report of a shooting. When police arrived at the home, they say they found the boy with a gunshot wound near his shoulder and chest.

He was transported to a hospital initially in serious condition. A physician then downgraded his condition to life-threatening. By Monday, his condition improved to “stable” condition, according to police.

Police say a preliminary investigation found the boy was inside the home at the time of the shooting, and the gunshots came from outside.

It remains unclear exactly what happened, though.

One neighbor who doesn’t want their identity reveled heard the gunshots and originally thought it was fireworks.

“We started looking outside and then we saw police cars coming,” said the neighbor. “That’s when we understood it probably wasn’t fireworks, there were probably shots.”

She added that what’s really shocking is that it was an 8-year old that was shot, and keeps asking herself “who would shoot a child” ?

“It’s very concerning because I have a baby and we don’t know the motive or anything.,” said the woman. “I don’t know if it’s a vengeance thing or just a random shooting.”

Detectives were interviewing people that were inside the home at the time.

Monday morning, Fort Wayne Police said in a statement that they were “actively and aggressively investigating” the incident.

“We are extremely happy that the child is doing well,” police spokesperson Sgt. Sofia Rosales-Scatena said. “However, this does not negate the seriousness of this incident. This type of incident should never be a community standard which we accept as commonplace.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Fort Wayne Police Department at (260) 427-1222 or Crime Stoppers at (260) 437-7867.

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