It began with the shooting of man who showed up at a local hospital bleeding from the neck.
It culminated with two more shootings in the span of a day, leaving a pair of brothers and a teenage girl dead.
And the Fort Wayne Police Department believe a spate of violence that swept over the city in less than 24 hours between Thursday morning and Friday is somehow connected, involving people who all knew each other or were otherwise intertwined in some way.
"It appears to be targeted violence," said Officer Michael Joyner, spokesman for the police force.
At about 11:38 a.m., 20-year-old Brandon Terrell Washington was found inside his home in the 5100 block of Plaza Drive dead from at least one gunshot wound. Another man found in the yard of the home was also suffering from a gunshot wound and taken to a local hospital in serious condition.
Flash forward roughly 12 hours to 12:46 a.m. Friday morning. Police were called to the 900 block of East Wayne Street after reports of shots fired were called into emergency dispatchers. There, officers found two people dead from gunshot wounds in a sport utility vehicle.
Those victims have been identified as 21-year-old Larry Devon Washington Jr., brother to Brandon Washington, and 16-year-old Anastasia LaShawn Butler, a student at South Side High School.
The deaths of the Washington brothers and Butler were ruled the county's 24th, 25th and 26th homicides of the year by the Allen County Coroner on Friday.
Larry Washington's death came as he awaited a March trial on charges of robbery and criminal confinement connected to two separate cases.
The incidents remain under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call the Fort Wayne Police Department at 427-1222 or Crime Stoppers at 436-7867.
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