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Wednesday, March 16, 2016 11:19 am

Police comb site of fatal shooting

Chris Meyers The Journal Gazette

Sunday night was the second time police were called to Oliver Street on a report of gunshots.

This time a house was the target. Specifically the house at 4609 Oliver St.

Datavis C. Cummings was inside the home when the barrage of bullets struck a little before 10:30 p.m. He would not survive the attack.

Whether the 22-year-old was the intended victim or just happened to be in the home as it was targeted has not been disclosed.

The multiple bullet holes that riddled the house were visible Monday afternoon. Some went through the windows, others into the walls.

Police said they found Cummings dead from a gunshot wound in the home when officers searched it for any victims of the gunfire. 

He is the fifth homicide of the year for Fort Wayne and Allen County.

Several cars and people took off from the area of the home when police arrived, city police said.

The night of the shooting, police said they did not know whether it was gang-related but could not rule out the possibility.

The person who reported the shooting could be a witness and was interviewed, police said.

Small sections of tattered crime scene tape still attached to a nearby street sign was whipped about by the cold wind as snow blanketed the area Monday.

The tape and the bullet holes told of an eruption of violence in the neighborhood, which by the next day had people out shoveling snow from their driveways and sidewalks.

Anyone with information about Cummings’ killing is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 436-7867.