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The Journal Gazette

Wednesday, March 16, 2016 4:36 pm

1st homicide of '15: Father of four

Chris Meyers The Journal Gazette

Hilario Segura was putting his children to bed when his life was suddenly ended.

It was closing in on 10:20 p.m. Wednesday.

The 34-year-old was in the upstairs of his house in the 3000 block of South Hanna Street as violence raged nearby.

That violence spilled over into a child’s bedroom at Segura’s home as a bullet tore through the house and hit Segura.

He was dead when paramedics arrived at the scene just a few minutes later.

Segura was officially identified Friday by the Allen County coroner’s office as the victim in Wednesday’s shooting.

A father of four who worked as a tree cutter for Asplundh, Segura’s death marks the first homicide of the year for Fort Wayne and Allen County.

Police said Friday they had no new information to release about the shooting.

Officers were already in the area of Segura’s home after several reports came in about 10:15 p.m. of gunshots.

A resident on Weisser Park Avenue reported to city dispatchers that his house was struck by a bullet.

Another caller from the area of Colerick Street and Weisser Park Avenue also reported hearing several gunshots about the same time, according to dispatch records.

Just a few minutes after the first reports of gunfire came the report from Segura’s house that came in as a panic alarm from a home alarm company.

Police arrived and found him on the floor of the second story of the house.

The Fort Wayne Police Department said investigators do not believe Segura was a target of the nearby gunfire.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 436-7867.