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Laura J. Gardner | The Journal Gazette
Shooting scene on the 9400 block of White Shell Drive.

Shooting victim identified as Fort Wayne lawyer

David Kuker attacked in garage, sprayed in face, police believe

Laura J. Gardner | The Journal Gazette
Laura J. Gardner | The Journal Gazette

It appears a Fort Wayne attorney who was shot at his home this morning first was attacked in his garage and sprayed in the face with an unknown substance, city police said Tuesday afternoon.

Detectives with the Fort Wayne Police Department believe David Kuker, 45, was shot as he attempted to flee to safety, the department said in a statement.

The gunman still was at large as of mid-afternoon Tuesday. Police said no description was available and the motive for the attack is not known.

Anyone who might have been in the area when the attack occurred, or who may have seen a suspicious person or vehicle in the area is asked to call police at 427-1222 or CrimeStoppers at 436-7867.

Kuker is office leader of Fort Wayne operations at the Faegre Baker Daniels law firm.

"Firm professionals were glad to hear that Dave is being treated at a local hospital, and his injuries are not life-threatening," the firm – a recent combination of Faegre & Benson and Baker & Daniels – said in a statement.

"Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with Dave and his family during this time of recovery," said Andrew Humphrey, managing partner at Faegre Baker Daniels, in the statement.

Fort Wayne police said officers were called to the 9400 block of White Shell Drive in the Shorewood neighborhood shortly before 8:15 a.m.

A neighbor told police Kuker was lying in the front yard and yelling for help, police said in a statement. She went to his aid and called 911.

An off-duty officer with the Allen County Sheriff's Department was first on the scene, city police said, and the officer reported it appeared Kuker had at least one gunshot wound.

Canine units with the Indiana State Police were called in immediately but were unable to track the shooter, city police said.

Paramedics determined Kuker's condition at the scene to be serious, police said, and he was taken to a local hospital.

Southwest Allen County Schools were locked down for a short time after the shooting, according to the superintendent's office.

Kuker joined Faegre Baker Daniels in 1995, the firm said. It said he practices corporate law, including mergers and acquisitions, private equity transactions, franchising issues, licensing, joint ventures and other complex transactions. He also represents real estate developers and managers in commercial real estate transactions, the firm said.

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