Police: Dad was with kids when killed by stray bullet

The home remained taped off Thursday afternoon following the Wednesday night shooting that left a father dead.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – A father was shot and killed by an apparent stray bullet while in a room at a home in the 3000 block of Hanna Street. Police said he was in the room with some of his children when the bullet went through the walls of the second story room.

Officers initially responded to several 911 calls of reported gunfire in the area of Colerick Street and Hanna Street just after 10 p.m. on Wednesday.

At 10:17 p.m., city emergency communications received a panic alarm at 3032 South Hanna Street. Inside the home, officers discovered a man in an upstairs room who appeared to have been shot in the head. He was dead by the time paramedics arrived.

Investigators said a “running gun battle” may have taken place outside the home and stray bullet hit the home. City police spokesman Officer Michael Joyner said the other people in the home were not hurt.

Police taped off a large area around a home in the 3000 block of Hanna Street for an investigation involving a possible shooting death.
Police taped off a large area around a home in the 3000 block of Hanna Street for an investigation involving a possible shooting death.

Officers blocked off a large area around the home to preserve any possible evidence. Detectives were canvassing the immediate area looking for witnesses and evidence of where the shots may have been fired from. It’s unclear how many bullets hit or entered the house.

Joyner said there are no suspect descriptions or information regarding vehicles that might have been involved.

If ruled a homicide by the Allen County Coroner’s Office, the death would be the first homicide in Allen County in 2015.

Police are asking anyone with information to call police or Crime Stoppers at (260) 436-STOP.

The incident is under investigation.

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