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Details emerge, victims ID’d in shootings

New details surrounding a spate of shootings that plagued Fort Wayne beginning last week and through the first part of the weekend emerged Monday.

Namely, some of the victims involved in those shootings have been identified.

For a few it is not their first brush with violence.

Here is a breakdown of details that were released regarding these shootings, which left several people injured, some critically:


Cancun Nightclub

Some sort of beef between two men precipitated a shooting at The Landing on Columbia Avenue about 3 a.m.

Kulon Nij Lewis Jr. is accused of using a back door to enter the Cancun Nightclub where he confronted a man identified in Allen Superior Court documents as Dytrell Allen.

While in the bar, Lewis placed a handgun to Allen’s face, the documents said.

An argument between the men then spilled outside, where Lewis is accused of firing shots in Allen’s direction as Allen tried to walk away.

Allen and another person were hit by shrapnel from bullets while another person who ran from the scene was hit by a car and injured.

Allen and the others, though, were listed in good condition at the scene.

Lewis was pulled over in a car less than a block away after he allegedly tried to flee the scene.

Police found a handgun in the passenger seat where Lewis was sitting, court documents said.

Police arrested Lewis, and he is preliminarily charged with criminal recklessness, carrying a handgun without a license and resisting arrest.

Lewis’s father, also named Kulon Lewis, was a known gang leader in Fort Wayne with a long criminal history and had been the victim of several shootings.

The elder Lewis, while using a wheelchair, was shot and killed during a cookout in 2004.

No arrests in his killing were ever made.


Avondale Drive

Willie J. Martin, 28, and Carleon Ragsdale, 27, were sitting at a picnic table with others outside a home at 4031 Avondale Drive.

Sometime before 10:22 p.m., a gunman approached the group from between some houses in the neighborhood and opened fire.

Martin collapsed after being shot.

Ragsdale ran across the street before collapsing. Nobody else was hit or injured.

Medics rushed Martin to a hospital in critical condition, while Ragsdale was listed in serious condition.

Updates on their current conditions were unavailable.

No arrests have been made.

It’s at least the second time Ragsdale has been shot.

In 2009, he was armed with a handgun when he fled a downtown bus depot as a police officer approached him.

He pointed the gun at pursuing officers several times.

One officer shot and wounded him in front of the Allen County Jail.

Ragsdale eventually pleaded guilty to criminal recklessness and was given two years in prison.


Juliette Avenue

A 911 hang-up call brought Fort Wayne Police officers to a home in the 2400 block of Juliette Avenue about 10:30 p.m.

There, they found 44-year-old Jose E. Pinto-Soto suffering from a gunshot wound in the backyard, according to police.

Medics took Pinto-Soto to a hospital in serious condition but that was later downgraded to critical condition.

An update on his condition was unavailable Monday.

Information about a possible suspect was also scarce, according to police, other than it was a male.


Lillie Street and McKinnie Avenue

Officers found the blood, but they didn’t find the victim.

Until later.

Fort Wayne Police were called to a home at the intersection in reference to a shooting about 12:45 p.m.

The victim, though, had been loaded up in a car and driven to a nearby fire station, according to police.

That victim turned out to be 26-year-old Tyjuan P. Jett, who was taken to a hospital in critical condition.

An update on his condition Monday was unavailable. No arrests have been made.

Jett was seriously wounded in a shooting in 2008. At that time, he was in a white Cadillac with another man as they pulled up to a police cruiser saying they had been shot.

Jett told police he and his friend were “set up.”

When asked to elaborate or whether he knew who shot them, Jett paused and said he didn’t know, police said at the time.