Oliver Street shooting victim identified

Shane Stephens

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE)  – The Allen County Coroner’s Office identified the man who was shot and killed on Oliver Street Thursday afternoon .

Police said Shane Jamal Stephens, 20, of Fort Wayne, was found suffering from gunshot wounds in a yard in the 3200-block of Oliver Street, near Drexel Avenue, around 4:30 p.m. Stephens was pronounced dead at the scene.

Pastor Carlton Lynch, of New Beginnings Church, has been in contact with the family since the day of the shooting.

“While they’re still grieving, still going through the pain of losing a loved one, I would say in my own observation that they’re holding up fairly well,” said Pastor Lynch.

FWPD spokesperson John Chambers said they interviewed several witnesses at the scene Thursday. They told police two suspects were seen running northbound from the scene, the other one was seen running southbound. The family is working with police to find who murdered Stephens.

Pastor Lynch said the family tells him he leaves behind a 3-month-old son. He said Stephen’s family was aware of his criminal past.

Stephens and two other men were arrested  after they fired around 60 shots on Drexel Avenue back in August of 2011. A police chase ensued the gun fire. Police said there were no injuries in the incident.

Stephens was charged with possession of marijuana and resisting law enforcement, both criminal misdemeanors.

According to court documents, Stephens was also charged with receiving stolen property, carrying a handgun without a license, and knowingly operating motor vehicle without ever receiving a license in October of 2012. These charges were later dismissed.

Regardless of his criminal background, family members say Stephens was trying to get his life back on track for his son.

“He was becoming to be a great father, but still struggling with the street life,” said Pastor Lynch.

Officer Chambers said no arrests have been made.

Stephens’ death was ruled a homicide. This marks the 18th homicide in Allen County in 2013.

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