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  • Gaywood Drive was the scene of an early-morning shooting Friday, where one man died and two other victims were sent to the hospital in serious condition. One of the victims was found on some wood pallets between homes, and bullets struck cars and homes in the area. (Jamie Duffy | The Journal Gazette)

Saturday, May 26, 2018 1:00 am

Fusillade of bullets kills 1, hurts 2

Shots hit homes, shake up residents

JAMIE DUFFY | The Journal Gazette

One man is dead and two others are in the hospital after a shootout early Friday in the 4800 block of Gaywood Drive.

The violence that erupted about 2:30 a.m. on the city's south side woke people out of their beds and sent them to the floor for cover.

The life of Dominik Alaijuon Files, 28, ended at a hospital after someone took him there. Daviontre Dayshaun Marcel McGown, 21, was also taken to a hospital by a private citizen and is in serious condition.

The third victim, Allen Lamar Ruffin, 29, was taken from the scene in an ambulance and is in serious condition, according to a news release from the Fort Wayne Police Department.

Files is the 18th homicide victim in Allen County this year.

Ruffin was found lying on a wood pallet between two yards in the middle of the block on the east side of Gaywood, according to neighbors who asked not to be identified. Friday afternoon, large blood spots stained the pallets, and bullet holes were scattered on the side of a home.

Neighbors said police told them that one of the many bullets that penetrated the home passed through a washing machine, indicating a high-powered weapon. An assault-style rifle was found near Ruffin, and neighbors said police identified it as a TEC-9 assault rifle.

Other handguns were left on the ground, apparently abandoned as the shooters fled. Witnesses said they saw multiple people run from the area as shots were fired, according to the release.

Homes and cars were sprayed with bullets as the victims were pursued. Blood was spilled in a side yard and in the alley between Gaywood and Spatz Avenue, where the shooting started, according to neighbors.

The neighbors heard cries of “Help me, help me! I'm over here,” as police arrived.

On Friday afternoon, on the west side of the street, people were taking belongings from a home that had been shot up, according to neighbors. The home's residents said they did not want to talk and that they were moving out.

Police made well-being checks on residents in the area to make sure no one else had been injured as homes had been struck by bullets, according to the release.

Neighbors said the shots were rapid and there were at least 50 to 60 shots.

The crime scene was a block away from Many Nations Church, which is working on rehabbing seven homes in the immediate area.

Pastor Javier Mondragon said his wife heard the shooting.

The violence “just reaffirms for us the vital work that needs to be done in the neighborhood,” Mondragon said. “(It's) why we're serving youth and children to prevent (violence). You don't have to take that path.”

Detectives are asking anyone with information regarding this shooting to call police at 427-1222 or Allen County Crime Stoppers at 436-7867.

jduffy@jg.net