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Shootings, robbers looking for guns keep police busy

Beginning Friday night and continuing into Monday morning, Fort Wayne police investigated a number of shootings, including one just a door down from a shootout that injured a young girl this month.

Just before midnight Friday, 19-year-old Austin Hogue is believed to have knocked on the door of a home in the 2900 block of Fruehauf Drive. When the man inside the home recognized Hogue's voice, he opened the door, according to a probable cause affidavit charging the teen with robbery.

When the door was opened, two other men pushed their way into the house and pointed a gun at the resident's head, demanding he hand over guns inside the house. During a struggle over the gun, a bullet grazed the man's cheek and the two robbers fled, making off with a shotgun, according to court documents.

When the man's dog gave chase, one of the robbers shot him with the handgun, causing a minor injury, according to court documents.

In a report concerning the same incident, Fort Wayne police officers noted that there were a number of marijuana pipes lying on a coffee table, and several firearms, including handguns and long guns, were throughout the house.

Officers also found more than 100 knives of various sizes, ranging from pocket knives to swords. There were also additional marijuana pipes and a scale found in an upstairs bedroom.

On Saturday, just after 10:30 p.m., officers responded to a report of a man shot at Oxford Street and Euclid Avenue.

They found a man in critical condition, lying on the sidewalk with a bullet having penetrated the folds of his stomach and lodging near his genital area. Witnesses told police multiple gunshots came from the windows of a burgundy Dodge Intrepid.

A bullet hole was found in a house, and shell casings were found in the street. Before he was taken to the hospital, the victim was upgraded to serious condition, according to a police report.

In one of the reports from that shooting, officers noted that incident had occurred one house away from where a 7-year-old girl was shot while asleep in her bed this month.

A bullet penetrated the wall of the house in the 3400 block of Euclid, striking her in the foot. It was believed to have been a result of a gunfight in both directions across the street.

In the report, officers said that the area of Oxford Street and Euclid Avenue “has been quite busy into all hours of the night with suspicious behavior. … Officers will attempt to make more of a presence in this area due to the recent and isolated violence.”

Finally, early Monday a man drove himself to Parkview Hospital Randallia with a gunshot wound to his hand. He told police he had been shot in the parking lot of Sports and Spirits Bar at East Wayne Street and South Anthony Boulevard.

The man said he was trying to leave the area when he noticed a large group in the lot.

He heard a gunshot and realized he'd been shot. As he drove away, he crashed his car into a traffic light control box.

Police found a bullet hole near the driver's side headlight, according to a police report.

rgreen@jg.net

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