Crime & Safety Briefs: Oct. 2 edition

| October 2, 2013

Reports courtesy of Mike Joyner, Public Information Officer, City of Fort Wayne Police Department

Man dies after Sept. 21 shooting

FORT WAYNE—At approximately 7:07 p.m., Sept. 21, the City of Fort Wayne Police Department responded to the 2700 block of E. Paulding Road on a report of a shooting. Upon arrival, officers located an adult male suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. The male, later identified as 22-year-old Lee Calland, was taken to a local hospital in critical condition.

The following day, Calland was pronounced brain dead but accompanying reports said that his body had been kept alive for organ donation and that the coroner had not officially declared him dead until later.

The initial investigation has revealed that several neighbors called 911 after hearing gunshots and locating the victim. Numerous shell casings were located around the area where the victim was found, but at this point no weapons have been recovered. Witnesses reported seeing three male blacks, wearing all black, flee the area and leave in a white four-door car. There are no further descriptions at this point. No suspects are in custody or have been detained, and it is too early to determine a motive or if this is gang related.

A K-9 track was not attempted due to not having any K-9 officers on-duty. There were no other injuries reported.

Crime Scene Technicians processed the scene, searching for and collecting evidence. Detectives canvassed the area and spoke with witnesses. Detectives are also searching for any video footage from any nearby businesses. Anyone with any information is asked to contact police.

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

Assisting agencies include the City of Fort Wayne Fire Department and Three Rivers Ambulance Authority.

 

Man critically injured in crash near day care center

FORT WAYNE—At approximately 3:34 a.m., Sept. 23, the City of Fort Wayne Police Department responded to the intersection of Dupont Road and Auburn Road in reference to a vehicle crash with injuries. Officers arrived on scene and determined the crash involved a single vehicle. The crash occurred in front of the Rainbow Child Care Center at 2008 East Dupont Road.

A Three Rivers Ambulance Authority supervisor was driving on Dupont Road and discovered the vehicle crash. The supervisor provided medical treatment to the victim and alerted police dispatch. When officers arrived on scene, the victim was conscious and speaking to the medic supervisor. The victim was transported by medics to a local hospital in serious condition. Upon arriving at the hospital, the victim was downgraded to critical condition by a physician.

Preliminary reports indicate the victim was the driver of the vehicle and the sole occupant. It appears the vehicle was traveling eastbound on Dupont Road prior to the crash. The vehicle struck the curb on the south side of the road and left the roadway. After leaving the roadway, the vehicle struck a mailbox, traveled along the sidewalk, and struck a utility pole. It does appear alcohol was a contributing factor in the crash.

Eastbound Dupont Road was restricted to one lane while the Fatal Alcohol Crash Team (F.A.C.T) investigated the crash and processed the scene. This incident remains under investigation by the City of Fort Wayne Police Department and the Allen County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

Assisting agencies include the City of Fort Wayne Fire Department and Three Rivers Ambulance Authority.

 

Woman critically wounded in shooting

FORT WAYNE—At approximately 7:26 p.m., Sept. 25, the City of Fort Wayne Police Department responded to the intersection of Warsaw Street and Congress Avenue in reference to a shooting.

Officers arrived on scene and located a female adult victim, later identified as 24-year-old Jaleisa Veazey of New Haven, sitting in the driver’s seat of a vehicle parked in the 4500 block of Warsaw Street. Veazey was conscious and appeared to be suffering from several apparent gunshot wounds.

Paramedics transported her to a local hospital in serious condition. Upon arriving at the hospital, Veazey’s condition was downgraded to critical by a physician.

Preliminary reports indicate Veazey was sitting in the driver’s seat of the vehicle and a male witness was sitting in the passenger seat when the shooting occurred. Witnesses indicated a dark colored SUV traveling southbound on Warsaw Street pulled up next the victim’s vehicle and fired several gunshots. The male witness in the passenger seat of the vehicle was not injured. Witnesses reported at least one window on the passenger side of suspect SUV was shattered. Detectives are in the process of determining what caused the shattered window on the SUV. The SUV was last seen fleeing southbound on Warsaw Street.

Detectives interviewed witnesses and canvassed the neighborhood. Crime Scene Technicians processed the scene and collected evidence. No arrests have been made and there were no suspects at press time.

Anyone with information regarding this shooting or the suspect SUV is asked to call the Fort Wayne Police Department at (260) 427-1222.

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

Assisting agencies included the City of Fort Wayne Fire Department, Three Rivers Ambulance Authority.

 

This article originally appeared in the Sept. 25 print edition.

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