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– The Allen County Coroner’s Office has confirmed that fatal shootings Sept. 21 and Thursday were homicides, putting the year’s tally at 33. That’s three more than in all of 2012 and a 15-year high.

On Sept. 21, Jordan Calland, 22, a city resident, was shot several times at Twin Oaks Apartments on East Paulding Road, near Hessen Cassel Road. In a second-floor apartment, officers found Calland suffering from gunshot wounds. He was taken to a hospital in critical condition and died the next day.

Witnesses told investigators they heard gunshots and then saw three men dressed in black run from the building and leave in a white, four-door car.

The other homicide happened late Thursday when a man was shot and killed at South Bridge Apartments, near Lafayette Street and East Tillman Road.

About 11:15 p.m., police were sent to the housing complex and found a man with gunshot wounds on the ground in front of the apartment building at 8321 Bridgeway Lane. Medics arrived and pronounced him dead.

Tony Krausz, assistant sports editor at The Journal Gazette, lives in an apartment near the site of the shooting and was at home when it happened.

“I heard three shots, and then a guy yelled out, ‘Help me!’ ” Krausz said, adding that he looked outside and saw the victim on the ground. “I called 911, and they said they received multiple phone calls.”

Residents told police they saw two men run around the side of the apartment building after the gunshots rang out. On Friday, the coroner’s office said that victim has not been identified. No arrests have been made in either case. The two homicides occurred in a stretch of eight days that also included two other shootings that left victims critically wounded.