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  • Mike Moore | The Journal Gazette Fort Wayne officers gather outside a home on Northcrest Drive where a man was found dead inside his apartment on Tuesday.  

Tuesday, February 20, 2018 7:20 pm

Man dies in apparent northeast-side shooting

JAMIE DUFFY | The Journal Gazette

Two men dead in two separate shootings in two days on Fort Wayne's northeast side.

Police were called around 4 p.m. today to an apartment at 4917 Northcrest Drive. They found a man in critical condition suffering from an apparent gunshot wound, said Mark Bieker, Fort Wayne police spokesman. He died shortly after being found.

Monday, a man was found dead inside a sport utility vehicle around 1:40 p.m. outside the Suburban Extended Stay Hotel at 3320 W. Coliseum Blvd. The Allen County coroner identified that man on Tuesday as Douglas Westlake, 37. He was shot multiple times, the coroner said. 

Westlake is the sixth homicide victim in Allen County this year.

The deaths do not appear to be related, Bieker said.

Detectives were on the scene today interviewing witnesses behind yellow crime scene tape at the Northcrest Drive location. The coroner will identify the victim in that shooting following an autopsy, possibly today.

Police were also reviewing surveillance video taken from the hotel where Westlake died, according to a front desk manager who asked not to be identified. She said there are surveillance cameras all around the hotel and numerous others at adjacent businesses.

Michael Joyner, public information officer for the Fort Wayne Police Department, said hotel and area surveillance would be used in the investigation.

No one heard any shooting, the hotel manager said.

"It's a poured concrete building and he was way at the end of the building, so no nobody heard anything," she said.  

Anyone with any information is asked to call the Fort Wayne Police Department at 260-427-1222 or Crime Stoppers at 260-436-7867.

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