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The Journal Gazette

Tuesday, February 19, 2019 1:00 am

Unlocked gun led to critical shooting

Children handling firearm resulted in woman, boy shot

ASHLEY SLOBODA | The Journal Gazette

City police Monday reminded firearm owners to take precautions after an accidental weekend shooting that injured a boy and an adult.

Authorities also announced a man who suffered critical injuries at a mobile home community Sunday was not shot as initially believed but struck by an object that caused puncture wounds. Both emergencies happened in southeast Fort Wayne about four hours apart.

Jadonte Bailey, 4, and Joynieccia A. Bailey, 24, suffered critical injuries about 11:15 a.m. Sunday after children in a South Park Drive home found a loaded handgun that discharged while being handled, police said in a statement.

The round struck Jadonte and traveled through his body before hitting Bailey, who was asleep on a couch, police said.

Police on Monday described the woman's condition as stable and noted the boy remained in critical condition.

“Fort Wayne police want to stress the importance of the proper storage of firearms that will help to prevent such tragedies to occur,” police said.

Emergency workers were called to Parkbridge Estates in the 1500 block of East Paulding Road shortly after 3:30 p.m., where Michael P. Stratton, 27, incorrectly thought he had been shot and sought help from a neighbor, police said.

Paramedics took him to a hospital, where emergency physicians downgraded his condition from serious to critical.

Investigators are continuing to interview potential suspects and witnesses connected with the incident, police said Monday.

Those with information can call the FWPD at 427-1201 or Crime Stoppers at 436-7867.

asloboda@jg.net