Woman hurt in shooting was in her 80s

Police investigate a shooting in an alley in the 2500 block of Barr Street Tuesday night.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – A woman injured after a shooting in an alley on the city’s southeast side late Tuesday night has been released from the hospital after being treated, according to Fort Wayne police. A neighbor said the injured woman was in her 80s and had lived there for five decades.

Officers were dispatched to the alley between 300 E Woodland Ave and 300 E Suttenfield Street shortly after 10 p.m. after multiple 911 callers reported hearing gunfire.

When police arrived, they found a woman who said she had just pulled in and was leaning down to pick up her purse when the car’s back window was shattered and she felt something graze the back of her head. Investigators took her to the hospital in serious condition but doctors later upgraded her to fair condition. Police said her head was grazed by a bullet.

A house nearby had been hit by bullets. The residents of the home told police they were in the kitchen when they heard gunfire. They immediately got on the floor and crawled to the living room to check on the children. Officers checked on several residents in nearby homes and found no one else was hurt.

No weapons were recovered, but investigators said there were several shell casings in the alley where the shooting happened. According to the police report, 28 casings were collected from a yard on Suttenfield Street, 17 .40mm shells and 11 .9mm shells.

Police believe there were at least two shooters based on the two types of shells found. Police also said that witnesses at the scene provided good information that will hopefully allow them to piece everything together.

One nearby resident, who declined to be identified for fear of her safety, said there have been a number of gunshots in the neighborhood recently.

“I’m sick of this [expletive],” the woman told NewsChannel 15. She said her home was struck by several bullets last week, prompting her to make her children sleep on the floor.

Other residents said they heard a barrage of gunfire Tuesday night, noting that the shots sounded different.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Fort Wayne Police Department or Crime Stoppers at (260) 436-7867.


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