One man was killed and two teenagers injured in separate shootings early Tuesday morning on the city’s southeast side.
Robert Jackson Jr. died from gunshot wound or wounds around 4:11 a.m. after police found him in the 3900 block of Wayne Trace, the Allen County Coroner’s Office said in a statement.
Jackson, 43, was suffering from apparent gunshot wounds when police responded to the back of the Diplomat Apartments complex, near McMillen Park Golf Course. Police found Jackson’s body in the grass on the west side of Wayne Trace and found fresh blood on a nearby walkway, according to officer Raquel Foster, a Fort Wayne police spokeswoman.
The apartments are in one-story, ranch-style buildings. By Tuesday afternoon the only evidence of the shooting at the complex was a small remnant of police caution tape that was left wrapped around a tree.
Jackson’s death was ruled a homicide, the 21st in the city this year.
Fort Wayne police said they are still in the early stages of the investigation, but have little information and few leads.
Less than two hours earlier and about 2 1/2 miles away, Fort Wayne police responded to a shooting at Eden Green Apartments that left 18-year-old Marcus Q. Bibbs in critical condition and 17-year-old Mikal D. Montgomery in serious condition.
The teens were found at 2102 Eden St., in Building 8B, suffering from apparent gunshot wounds.
Police said they were called to the area twice. The first time they were called about unwanted people gathering in the area. Shortly after dispersing the crowd, police said they were called back to the building about 2:43 a.m. to respond to the shooting.
Police said there were at least 12 shots fired and although there were multiple witnesses, many of them told police they didn’t see anything, Foster said.
Numerous residents roamed the apartment complex Tuesday afternoon, with no signs of the shooting visible from outside any of the buildings.
The two shootings do not appear to be connected, police said, but both investigations are still in the early stages. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 436-7687.