Gang activity played a role in a weekend shooting at a north-side club that left two men dead and another wounded, Fort Wayne police said Monday.
The second of two men slain in the shooting Sunday morning at Rick O’Shay’s Irish Pub was identified Monday as Jaquan Dartavis Gentry, 22, of Fort Wayne. Gentry’s shooting death was ruled the 23rd homicide in Allen County this year.
His death followed that of Jeffery James Moore, 23, also shot at the pub Sunday. A third man injured in the shooting was identified Monday by Fort Wayne police.
Demetrius Masterson, 26, of Fort Wayne, suffered minor injuries. He was treated at a hospital and released, according to officer Raquel Foster, police spokeswoman.
No arrests have been made in the double slaying, but police have determined gang activity played a role, Foster said, adding that police believe more than one shooter was involved.
“It appears to be two groups with an ongoing feud,” she said. “I don’t think it was a preplanned meet.”
Fort Wayne police dispatchers received multiple 911 calls from cell phones just before 1:30 a.m. Sunday, reporting gunfire had rung out inside the bar at 4610 Parnell Ave., within the Coliseum Plaza strip mall.
The first officer to arrive found an injured man on a sidewalk outside. A second injured man was on the floor inside, and both were being tended to by patrons and bar staff, police previously said.
All available northeast-side officers, along with Allen County police, totaling nearly 40 officers, were called to the shooting scene, according to police dispatch logs. An estimated 200 patrons left the bar in a wave of panic.
Police later learned Masterson was shot at the same location and had been taken to the hospital by non-emergency personnel.
Paramedics took Moore and Gentry to a hospital in critical condition. Moore was pronounced dead about 3 a.m. Sunday and Gentry about 9 a.m. Sunday.
Police are interested in speaking with any witnesses. Greg Lewis, executive director of Fort Wayne Crime Stoppers, said he received more than a dozen calls and messages from witnesses wanting to share information about the slayings. But although callers had colorful details on what happened, Lewis said, most were reluctant to identify themselves.
He said people are still being urged to come forward and talk frankly with police. Lewis said callers indicated the local gangs involved in the shooting were The Mob and the Cash Money Boys.
“It’s generated a lot of information,” he said, adding that callers indicate the double slaying was retaliation for several other city shootings over the past few weeks. “These groups have been picking at each other for several weeks.”
Witnesses are urged to call Fort Wayne police at 427-1222 or leave an anonymous tip at Crime Stoppers, 436-7867.
Victim shot before
This was not the first time Masterson has been wounded by gunfire.
He was critically hurt in a 2005 shooting on Creighton Avenue that left a city woman dead. Michelle Nesbitt, 27, suffered a fatal gunshot wound to the head. Masterson and another man were shot but recovered, according to police.
Additionally, both Gentry and Masterson have spent time in prison, according to records kept by the Indiana Department of Correction.
Masterson has felony convictions in Allen County for dealing cocaine and criminal recklessness. He was arrested in 2006 after detectives bought crack cocaine from him three times, police said.
Gentry was arrested in 2008 after several shots were fired into a crowded parking lot at Piere’s Entertainment Center, 5629 St. Joe Road. After the gunfire rang out, he jumped into a Jeep, where police found a .40-caliber Glock in his pocket, according to court records.
He was convicted in 2009 of criminal recklessness and unlicensed possession of a handgun and sentenced to prison for the shooting.
Club now quiet
Rick O’Shay’s, also known by the name Broadripple, was not open Sunday and is regularly closed on Mondays, according to its website. The establishment includes a three-room bar with a sizable dance area in back. This is the second deadly shooting near the club this year.
Fort Wayne police have been called there 32 times this year, according to department statistics. Among the calls were reports of fights, disturbances, warrant arrests and two assaults. According to police statistics, in 2009 there were 24 calls to the club.
The co-owners of the plaza where the pub is located, George and Christine M. Kotsopoulos, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in September.
The property at 4610 Parnell Avenue has not been sold since 2006, when the Kotsopouloses’ company, Coliseum on Parnell LLC, took ownership, according to the Allen County recorder.
It is unclear what role George Kotsopoulos plays in the club’s day-to-day operations. His phone number is disconnected, and he could not be reached for comment Monday.