‘Transaction gone wrong’ led to Clinton St. shooting

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – The Fort Wayne Police Department has identified a man who was shot early Thursday morning on the 4100 block of North Clinton.

According to a press release, Austin Cole Wade, 26, of Fort Wayne is in serious but stable condition following the shooting around 3:30 a.m. Investigators determined that the incident was not random. It is being attributed to a transaction gone wrong between Wade and another person.

Austin Wade, 26, was shot early Thursday morning and was taken to the hospital.
Austin Wade, 26, was shot early Thursday morning and was taken to the hospital.

Investigators said Wade flagged down a passing motorist from his own car before collapsing in the middle of the road near his car.

Police investigate a shooting after the victim waved down a passing motorist on N. Clinton Street near Coliseum Blvd. early Thursday morning.
Police investigate a shooting after the victim waved down a passing motorist on N. Clinton Street near Coliseum Blvd. early Thursday morning.

Medics took him to the hospital where he was first listed in critical condition. North Clinton Street was closed for several hours near Coliseum Boulevard while crews collected possible evidence.

Police did not have any suspect descriptions.

City police spokesperson Officer Michael Joyner told NewsChannel 15 Wade was shot while inside the car. Officers recovered at least two shell casings in the area, and also found broken glass in the area.

Joyner said they believe Wade was the only person in the vehicle at the time of the shooting and appears to have been driving through the area when he was shot.

Investigators planned to speak with Wade once he was out of surgery at the hospital.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Fort Wayne Police Department or Crime Stoppers at (260) 436-STOP.

 

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