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Police and fire


Ambulance, car fired upon after nightclub stabbing; 4 victims shot, injured

4 suspects lead pursuit, nabbed downtown

An ambulance that was transporting a stabbing victim from Piere's nightclub was fired upon multiple times early this morning, injuring several people including a medic, Fort Wayne police said in a written statement.

What began as an altercation inside the northeast-side club spilled over into a drive-by shooting targeting the car of the victim's family and the ambulance, police said.

At 2:58 a.m., police responded to a disturbance call at the club, 5629 St. Joe Road, where they found a man who had been stabbed. While paramedics were transporting the man to a hospital, the victim's family followed the ambulance in a black Chevrolet Impala. On the way to the hospital, a white passenger car with tinted windows opened fire on the Impala and the TRAA ambulance in the 2200 block of St. Joe Center Road, police said.

All three occupants inside the Impala were shot, and the car pulled over into the lot of the Marathon station at Coldwater and Washington Center roads. Those three victims are in stable condition, police said.

The ambulance was hit by several gunshots as the white vehicle targeting the ambulance sped past it, opening fire. The white car then turned off of St. Joe Road, police said.

A medic in the ambulance was injured when shrapnel from broken glass cut his arm, according to the statement. He was listed in fair condition.

The ambulance driver was a firefighter who was able to describe the white vehicle and its direction of travel. The shooting vehicle was later spotted by an Allen County police officer, who tried to pull it over. The white car sped away and a pursuit ensued, police said.

Officers eventually stopped the vehicle downtown at Fairfield Avenue and West Jefferson Boulevard. All four occupants of the car were arrested and taken into custody, police said.

The Fort Wayne Police Department is processing multiple crime scenes, and detectives are interviewing potential witnesses as well as the victims and suspects. The multiple crimes are being investigated by city police and the Allen County Prosecutor's Office, the statement said.

The Allen County Police Department, the Fort Wayne Fire Department and the ambulance provider TRAA are assisting with the investigation, police said.