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Shooting victim is third in 3 days; man critically hurt

Police think evidence suggests more than 1 shooter

A particularly violent week for Fort Wayne, one that saw two fatal shootings, ended Saturday but not after a third shooting left a man with life-threatening wounds.

Starting Thursday, the three shootings occurred over three consecutive days on the city's south side. It is not known if they are connected, a city police spokesman said.

"There's nothing definitive, but I wouldn't rule anything out either," officer Jeremy Webb said. No arrests have been made in any of the cases.

The third shooting was reported shortly before 4 a.m. Saturday in the 4500 block of Bowser Avenue. Several people called police after numerous shots rang out, Webb said.

In a home on the block, Officers found a man with gunshot wounds. Other people in the home were not injured. Medics took the victim to a hospital, and as of Saturday afternoon, he was in critical condition, Webb said.

An investigation revealed that an unknown man knocked on the door of the home and the victim answered the door. The man asked for someone by name and then opened fire. The victim was shot multiple times, Webb said.

Police found many shell casings of different calibers scattered around the home, suggesting that more than one shooter was involved. A gold sport utility vehicle behind the home was seen leaving immediately after the shooting, he said.

Webb said it was not clear whether the victim was the person the shooter asked for. The people in the home were taken to police headquarters to be interviewed, he said. The victim's name was not released.

The victim of Thursday's shooting was identified as 23-year-old Demarcus E. Adams. He was shot while sitting in a parked car near his mother's home at Abbott and McKee streets just before 8 that night.

His mother, Denise Trigg, told The Journal Gazette she believes her son's death stemmed from a feud between the MOB street gang and a group that her son was friendly with called the "2500 Block."

The Allen County coroner ruled that Adams' death was the eighth homicide of the year in Fort Wayne and Allen County.

The coroner has not yet released autopsy results or the identity of the man who died Friday. At 3:30 that morning, witnesses reported hearing gunshots and then seeing the man dumped out of a car in the middle of the 3400 block of Reed Street.

Police found what detectives believe is the car involved in that shooting after it crashed into bushes at Colerick and Oliver streets.

aingersoll@jg.net

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