Fort Wayne: A plague of shootings

| April 9, 2013

17-year-old murdered in broad daylight 

FORT WAYNE—At approximately 12:32 p.m., April 3, the Fort Wayne Police Department responded to the 900 block of Hugh Street in response to a fatal shooting investigation. Several calls were received about shots being fired in the area and a call about a person being shot. Officers located the shooting victim, a 17-year-old male, outside in the rear of a home in the 900 block of Hugh Street. The victim, later identified as Elijah O. Freeman, was suffering from apparent gunshot wounds, and was pronounced deceased at the scene by first responders.

Witnesses reported seeing multiple people fleeing the area. A Canine Unit assisted in the investigation and attempted a track, which terminated nearby. At this time, detectives are speaking with witnesses, and Crime Scene Technicians are processing the scene for evidence. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact police or Crime Stoppers.

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

Assisting agencies included the Fort Wayne Fire Department and Three Rivers Ambulance Authority.

Shooting victim, 19, left critical

FORT WAYNE—At approximately 1:34 p.m., March 30, officers of the Fort Wayne Police Department were responding to the 800 block of Drexel in reference to a problem unknown. While officers were responding to the scene, additional calls came into 911 dispatch advising that a male had been shot in the 3300 block of South Hanna. As paramedics and officers arrived on the scene, they located a male adult victim, later identified as 19-year-old Marcus Bibbs, suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. in the 3300 block of South Hanna.

Paramedics provided medical attention to Bibbs before transporting him to a local hospital in critical condition.

Investigators believe that the victim was walking on the sidewalk in the 3300 block of Hanna when the suspect who was described as a male wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt ran from between houses and began shooting at the victim. The suspect ran from the scene in an unknown direction.

This incident remains under investigation by the Fort Wayne Police Department and the Allen County Prosecutor’s Office.

Man shot near Wells Street nightclub

FORT WAYNE—At approximately 3:14 a.m., March 31, the Fort Wayne Police Department responded to 4201 Wells Street in reference to a shooting investigation. Officers on the scene told investigators that as the establishment there, Early Birds Ultralounge was closing around 3 a.m., there was some type of physical altercation outside in the parking lot involving several individuals. During the altercation, gunshots were fired.

A short time later, a male adult, later identified as 22-year-old Marck J. Vachon, arrived at a local hospital by private transportation suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. Medical doctors at the hospital advised that Vachon was listed in critical condition.

This incident remains under investigation by the Fort Wayne Police Department and the Allen County Prosecutor’s Office.

Fatal shooting investigated after victim dropped off at hospital

FORT WAYNE—At approximately 7:06 p.m., March 31, the Fort Wayne Police Department responded to Parkview Hospital located at 2200 Randallia Street in reference to an individual who was transported to the hospital by private means suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. A short time after arriving at the hospital, the victim, later identified as former Bishop Luers standout football defensive player Montez Brooks, 19, was pronounced deceased.

Investigators are unsure where the actual shooting occurred. Investigators are speaking with possible witnesses to determine more details of the incident. There is no suspect information at this time and no arrests have been made.

This incident remains under investigation by the Fort Wayne Police Department, Allen County Prosecutor’s Office and the Allen County Coroners Office.

The above articles originally appeared in our April 10, 2013 issue.

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