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  • Cathie Rowand | The Journal Gazette: Fort Wayne rescue workers take one of the shooting victims from a triple shooting to a local hospital on Wednesday. The three were shot while sitting in a car outside a home in the 4400 block of South Harrison Street.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 12:26 pm

6 wounded in 3 shootings

Jamie Duffy | The Journal Gazette

Three shootings left six people injured, one of them critically, on Fort Wayne's south side today.

At 2:18 a.m. police were called to Belmont Beverage at 2631 South Anthony Blvd. on reports of gunshots and a broken glass window that set off security alarms, Fort Wayne police spokesman Jason Anthony said.

Police saw bullet holes in the windows at Belmont Beverage and found several shell casings lying in the middle of the street in front of the building.

At 2:41 a.m. staff at a local hospital called police to report that two shooting victims had arrived on their own seeking medical attention. Police believe the two victims were shot at the liquor store.

One of the injured, an unidentified woman, drove herself and a man who was listed in critical condition. She was in serious condition, Anthony said.

South Anthony Boulevard was closed between Antoinette and Pontiac streets while crime scene technicians gathered evidence.

Around 1 p.m. today, three people were shot while sitting in a Camaro parked outside a home at 4415 South Harrison St., Michael Joyner, city police spokesman, said.

Four people, one who was not injured, were sitting in the Camaro when another car pulled up beside it and shots were fired into the car. Police found at least 10 shell casings in the street, Joyner said.

The injured, two men and one woman, were all in stable condition, Joyner said. They were not identified by age or gender.

Both cars left the South Harrison Street address after the shooting, Joyner said.

Tracy Smith, driving a black Chrysler 300 east on West Rudisill Boulevard around noon, said the red Camaro sideswiped her car on the driver's side. The Camaro was traveling at high speed, she added.

Smith followed the Camaro to AutoZone on West Rudisill Boulevard at Lafayette Street where she found the car parked with a flat rear passenger side tire.

At that point, she didn't know anyone had been injured.

"You've got to count your blessings because the shooter could have been behind them, shooting," Smith said.

Joyner said police have no motive for the shooting, no suspect.

"If anybody saw anything, we certainly would want to talk to them to connect the dots. We've got three individuals that are injured. It could have been worse," Joyner said.

At 8 p.m., police were called to a third shooting in the 3500 block of Plaza Drive. The man who was shot was taken to a local hospital in serious condition.

Three nearby schools – Harrison Hill Elementary and South Side and Wayne high schools – were on lockout Wednesday because of the two earlier shootings, according to Krista Stockman, Fort Wayne Community Schools spokeswoman. 

A lockout occurs when there's a potential threat or hazard outside the building. Schools under lockout ensure all windows and doors are secure and don't allow further entry until the all-clear is given. Students go about the school day as usual in these situations. Any children outside also would be brought indoors. 

It's not the same as a lockdown, which occurs when there is a threat inside a school.

Matt LeBlanc and Ashley Sloboda of The Journal Gazette contributed to this story.

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