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  • Michelle Davies | The Journal Gazette Police officers process a truck that was part of a shooting Wednesday afternoon in the 1100 block of Fayette Drive.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016 11:13 am

1 dead after lot shooting

Chris Meyers The Journal Gazette

An apartment complex parking lot in the middle of the day was the latest scene of gun violence in Fort Wayne.

Surrounded by dozens of ground-level apartments, someone pulled a gun Wednesday afternoon and fatally shot a man in a pickup truck.

Residents milled about the area of Brendonwood Park Apartments on Fayette Drive as little children peeked from their windows and watched police examine the crime scene.

It was about 4:20 p.m. when shots rang out in the 1100 block of Fayette Drive.

Fort Wayne police arrived and found an adult man in a pickup truck suffering from one or more gunshot wounds, according to the police department.

But by the time paramedics arrived, the man in the driver’s seat of the red Dodge Dakota pickup truck was dead, police said. His name had not been released Wednesday evening.

The truck’s headlights were on as it sat in the middle of the driveway of the parking lot, the passenger door wide open.

"I would be under the opinion ... that the suspect may have been in the car," Fort Wayne Police Chief Garry Hamilton said.

Shell casings were found in the truck, according to a prepared statement from police about the shooting.

Investigators said they do not believe Wednesday’s fatal shooting was related to other recent shootings, but they said they cannot rule out a connection.

A resident whose apartment was one of many with crime scene tape strung across the front door, said he was shaving when he heard several gunshots.

He went to the window and saw nearby residents hurrying inside their apartments after the shots had been heard.

This shooting is the latest in a spate of violence in previous days, starting with the shooting death of 22-year-old Datavis Cummings on Sunday night at 4609 Oliver St.

On Tuesday, police were again investigating a shooting, this one at 2917 Bowser Ave. that left a 19-year-old young man in critical condition.

Then on Wednesday morning, police were called to 2949 Holton Ave. after someone found a body behind the home at that address.

Hamilton said he met Wednesday morning with the supervisors of the department’s gang and vice/narcotics units in light of the recent violence.

He said the objective is to focus on using street-level intelligence and aggressive targeting of those known to be involved in illegal activity.

Keeping up on the whereabouts and activities of victims of violence is also part of the plan.

"Sometimes victims and family and friends try to take retaliation into their own hands," Hamilton said.

As for Wednesday afternoon’s scene of violence, investigators were going door-to-door, looking for anyone who saw the shooting or who would have information about it.

Police need that cooperation, Hamilton said.

"These individuals must be brazen enough to do this in daylight, and we’re not going to have this," he said.

cmeyers@jg.net