Man found dead at Oliver Street home identified

Fort Wayne police on the scene of a shooting in the 4600 block of Oliver Street.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – The man found dead after a shooting on Oliver Street Sunday night has been identified by the Allen County Coroner.

Police found 22-year-old Datavis C. Cummings dead after responding to a 911 about gunshots near Oliver Street and Capitol Avenue. City police spokesman Officer Jeremy Webb said officers had actually been to the area once before for reports of gunfire, but it wasn’t until the call around 10:30 p.m. that officers discovered Cummings inside the home at 4609 Oliver Street.

Webb said when officers responded to the area they witnessed multiple people flee the area on foot and in vehicles. Webb did not have an approximate number of people who left the area.

Cummings was pronounced dead inside the home, which was riddled with bullet holes on one side.

Webb said preliminary findings indicated that bullets traveled into the home, but there were also bullet holes indicating shots were fired towards the outside as well. Webb said some shell casings were located.

Webb said no one else was injured and police do not believe anyone else was in the home at the time of the shooting.

A person who called about gunshots was being interviewed by detectives as a possible witness. Investigators were also attempting to contact other 911 callers about previous shots fired calls. Webb said officers were aware of increased gunfire in the neighborhood Sunday.

“They’re [police officers] aware of the area, that something was going on,” Webb said. “There was some type of beef going on. As to the details, we don’t know. They knew that something, obviously, was heated in this area for some reason.”

Police have not said if the shooting is gang related or what the possible relationship might be between any possible suspects and the victim. No suspect information is available and no arrests have been made.

Cummings’ death is Allen County’s fifth homicide of the year.

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


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