Craigslist encounter leads to shooting

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE)  A man told Fort Wayne police he was shot early Sunday by a man who was with a woman he had invited over after meeting her on Craigslist.

Officers were called to the victim’s home, located on Albany Court at 1:30 a.m.

When they arrived on the scene they heard someone yelling from inside asking them to come in.

Once inside, officers saw the victim sitting in a pool of blood with an apparent gunshot wound to his left knee.

The victim told officers that he had invited the woman he had met on Craigslist to come over.  While they were talking, the woman told him that she needed to go outside.  When she returned, there was a man with a shotgun wearing a black mask with her.  Police said the victim said he took his rings off and offered them to the man and that’s when he was shot.

“You just can’t let your guard down in these situations,” said Officer Michael Joyner with Fort Wayne Police Department. People are looking for an opportunity to take what is yours.”

The gunman and the woman then left through the front door.

Officers called for an ambulance and the victim was taken to a hospital for treatment.

Social media experts say with the growth of the digital world, individuals are connected to millions of people daily, but that means those people are connected to people with bad intentions.

“What social media and digital platforms have done is that, it’s made it more likely we’re going to run into some of those people who has a less than good intent,” said Anthony Juliano,  Vice President of Marketing and Social Media Strategy at Asher Agency.

He advises that if you’re meeting someone online, meet them in a public location. He said the more people around you, the individual is less likely to harm or scam you. Juliano added if it’s too good to be true, it probably is and trust your instinct.

The woman and masked man have not been captured.

(A previous version of this article named a victim. The Fort Wayne Police Department has since retracted this, stating that the person initially named was not the shooting victim.)

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