The Journal Gazette
Tuesday, March 15, 2016 11:14 pm

1 dead, 1 injured in shooting

Chris Meyers | The Journal Gazette

Eleven holes from apparent bullets marked a scene of violence that cost a woman her life early Saturday in Fort Wayne.

The cluster of holes in the window of the business east of downtown told of how a night out turned tragic.

When Fort Wayne police arrived about 3:20 a.m. at the site of the shooting, 3032 Maumee Ave., they found a woman outside of the building who appeared to have been shot, according to the Fort Wayne Police Department.

She was rushed to a hospital where she died, police said.

Not long after, another victim with several gunshot wounds arrived at a hospital in serious condition. Police said the second victim appeared to be related to the Maumee Avenue shooting.

The first shooting likely occurred as the result of an argument from earlier in the night elsewhere, according to Mike Joyner, city police spokesman.

Those involved in the disturbance arrived later at the Maumee Avenue location and the argument started again, culminating in gunshots, police said.

The building where the fatal shooting occurred is near where Maumee Avenue and East Washington Boulevard meet and is across the street from an OmniSource location.

Choppers KicKstand, a small restaurant that specializes in Salvadoran food, occupies half the building.

The other half is an open room and looks to be used for celebrations related to the restaurant, if photos on the business’s Facebook page are any indication.

Several people were in that open space Saturday afternoon but none would discuss the shooting, though one person was quick to boast of the nachos served next door.

The holes in the window that appeared to be from bullets were marked with tags numbered from 1 to 11. One of the steel bars across the window had a hole ripped through it. A window on the other side of the entrance door had a board over it and those at the building were working on getting a board to cover the one with holes.

The police department said the space was operating as an after-hours club when the shooting occurred, though it is not designated as an official or licensed club.

A website that lists events including music, arts, sports and other social events had a posting for weekly events called "Lashout Weekends," with the same location listed as where the shooting occurred. It said the private club would be open at 9 p.m. every Friday and Saturday for a $5 admission, though it could not be determined when that information was posted.

The identities of both shooting victims were not available Saturday.

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