FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – In the wake of an apparent string of violence, Fort Wayne’s chief of police says he and other task forces within the department are trying to develop methods to combat violence before it happens.
The most recent shooting, on Wednesday afternoon, left a 47-year-old man dead.
Police were called to 1190 Fayatte Drive, at the Brendonwood Apartment complex, around 4:20 p.m., where they found Mark Kenchanh dead.
Kenchanh’s death is the seventh homicide in Allen County in 2015, according to the report from the Allen County Coroner.
Fort Wayne Police Chief Gary Hamilton, who was on the scene of the shooting, said Kenchanh was apparently known in the neighborhood, but police have not confirmed if he lived there. Several people in the area were gathered around the complex to speak with police about what happened.
Hamilton said Kenchanh was found shot in his red truck in a parking lot at the apartment complex. The chief did not believe this shooting was gang-related, but rather, may have been drug-related.
The local area schools were temporarily locked down until the situation was deemed safe.
When asked about the apparent recent string of violence, Hamilton said he had recently met with the Fort Wayne Police Department’s Gang and Violent Crimes Unit to discuss the development of new tactics to address violence before it happens.